Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. (Tennyson)

As the Midnight Hour was striking (in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) The President – despite earlier hints of major changes to That Boring Old Presidential New Year Address – addressed The People in a thoroughly conventional (boring?) fashion. Continue reading Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. (Tennyson)

Some (light) reading for the festive season

First Things First – 40 TODAY The Right – direction of travel … rightwards Seriously Hard Man of The Right, Laurent Wauquiez, has been overwhelmingly (and predictably) elected by the ever-dwindling membership of France’s conservative party (aka Les Républicains in its most recent manifestation) and so become its President. Wauquiez picked up 75% of the votes, with over half the Party membership abstaining. Wauquiez intends … Continue reading Some (light) reading for the festive season