It’s time to give peace a chance

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Speaker’scorner - Cllr Chris Ash, Group Leader, Peter­bor­ough In­de­pen­dent Fo­rum

Ihope ev­ery­one had a good Christ­mas and New Year break . I hope those of you who were work­ing man­aged to find some respite from the daily rounds. Those of us who were tak­ing time out should not for­got the many who did work to en­sure that ev­ery­thing went smoothly. A very spe­cial thanks are owed to those who worked to as­sist when as­sis­tance was re­quired.

I man­aged to have the clutch on my car com­pletely burn out while creep­ing along in in traf­fic on a very busy A14 on the Hol­i­day Tues­day af­ter Box­ing Day. It’s not the best very of places to be stuck . I cer­tainly felt vul­ner­a­ble and watch­ing the traf­fic hav­ing to slow up made me feel em­bar­rassed too. I guess, though, I should be thank­ful that it was the car on the back of a break­down wagon and not me in the back of an am­bu­lance. I am cer­tainly thank­ful that there are folk who work on bank hol­i­days.

One thing for sure is that 2016 was a year full of sur­prises and chal­lenges. We seemed to hear of one ma­jor is­sue caus­ing prob­lems af­ter an­other. In 2017 we all need to face those chal­lenges head on. Let’s hope we are ready.

It is time to dust off last year’s res­o­lu­tions and get crack­ing to make sure they work for us this year. Chal­lenges that the past has thrown up at us on the in­ter­na­tional stage will mean there is likely to be a sig­nif­i­cant change with the knock on ef­fect of the changes to US gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies . The process of leav­ing the EU will also be a chal­lenge with plenty of un­knowns for us to face.

Who knows in the New Year key gov­ern­ments might just work to­gether for the bet­ter - we can but hope. Ac­tions of gov­ern­ments from any na­tion not just our own in the UK will af­fect us one way or an­other.

We will of course also have our own per­sonal chal­lenges to deal with. I wish you all the very best to see through and that help is to hand when you need it.

A new year is al­ways a time for re­flec­tion, so as well as look­ing to a brighter fu­ture we should think about how we can make things bet­ter to see that brighter fu­ture come to fruition .

To my way of thinking lit­tle good comes out of dwelling on the past and thinking ‘if only’. It can make us feel bit­ter and mis­er­able and no good will come of it for our­selves or those around us.

Though we all need to aim to put past mis­takes and bad times be­hind us , we should not for­get ei­ther, how else will we be able to say let’s stop for a re­think, we know that won’t work and the con­se­quences will be dire if we don’t take a lit­tle time out to think things through. No one’s per­fect of course and gen­uine mis­takes will be made but the fewer the bet­ter. Re­flec­tion is a time for a new hopes and pos­i­tive res­o­lu­tions.

Last year turned out to be doom and gloom and the pes­simistic side of me reck­ons that from lat­est news re­ports things seem lit­tle dif­fer­ent. But there is a lit­tle bit of op­ti­mism that thinks hang on, does it have to be that way – we are all on the same jour­ney on the same planet around the same sun. Some­times just some­times can’t gov­ern­ments work as one.

It’s the time of year for new be­gin­nings and new hope. The win­ter sol­stice is just past and the day­light hours are start­ing to in­crease once more and with it the hope for a bright fu­ture.

Let’s give peace a chance and imag­ine we can all live as one.

Happy New Year.

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