EVERYONE is making predictions about 2009, but I’ll leave that to Iain Dale.
Because in 2008, I called the US election completely wrongly. More importantly, my tip for X-Factor winner was knocked out half way through the live finals. So we’ve established something: I’m no good at predictions.
But I am confident about some things this year: there will be elections – Euro and local council – in June. GB may even decide to hold a general election on the same day. Who knows?*
As for the family, this is the dreaded year that Ronnie will start school, so expect many tears and tantrums in the Harris household come August (from Carolyn, not Ronnie).
Next month I will turn 45, which means I’m only a few years away from being officially considered middle-aged…
In March, this blog will celebrate its first anniversary: a public holiday may or may not be declared.
Then, at Easter, the latest Doctor Who special, Planet of the Dead, will be shown.
At the cinema, I’m looking forward to seeing Watchmen, Frost/Nixon and Star Trek.
I always feel personally optimistic at the start of each year. But it’s impossible to avoid the harsh truth that for a lot of my fellow citizens, 2009 is going to be very difficult. With unemployment going up and house prices set to fall throughout the year, a lot of people will find very little to be optimistic about.
I make no political point about this: I find that those faced with the threat of the dole queue or with losing their homes are less than impressed by politicians who want to debate where and how the recession started instead of coming up with solutions to current problems.
So in 2009 I will try to be a good husband, a good dad, a good friend and a good MP.
And though this blog, I will try to offer comments and insights that are as honest as possible, and as funny as advisable. I will continue to be as open as possible to critical comments, while continuing my policy of deleting or spamming rude and offensive comments, and will occasionally respond in kind to some of the less polite observations made here.
And I will try my hardest to retain as many of the new readers I’ve attracted in the past nine months.
If we’re very, very lucky, 2009 will be a dull, dull year. But I have a feeling it will be more eventful and interesting than 2008.
May God help us all.