The last day of the year, time to take stock about the previous 12 months and then open a vein in a warm bath! Or was it? The truth is we really don’t know as the momentous decisions that were made by the British and American electorate have yet to be implemented: Britain is still a fully paid up member of the EU and Barack Obama is still President of the United States so what has changed? Of course the answer is everything and yet nothing. No longer is it seen as unusual that a foreign government should use espionage techniques to try and influence the election of the President of the United States – we should all just move on. Nor is it considered out of the ordinary to question whether Judges in England are patriots for just doing their job, a job that those attacking them for only a few months ago were campaigning for them to be allowed to do without interference.
Perhaps the biggest losers, if you don’t count the dead of Aleppo et al, are members of the Metropolitan liberal elite who by all accounts have been given a body blow. Equally, in America the Washington insiders have been turfed out on their ear by the incoming President Elect. Of course this is nonsense because both are alive and well and governing just as they did before. So before we attending the wake of the Mycroft Holmes of this world just remember that we need his kind to get us out of the EU and then negotiate the trade deals that require to make a success of our new found ‘freedoms’. Equally across the pond it is noticeable that ‘the Donald’ hasn’t exactly drained the swamp of Washington D.C. with his nominees for Cabinet posts. Perhaps 2017 might indeed be the year of buyer’s remorse? Only time will tell.