What les­sons have we learnt?

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What les­son can we take from this? These are prob­a­bly not the sort of peo­ple you would want run­ning your WOF li­cens­ing sys­tem.

It turned out the odds of getting taken out on the mo­tor­way by a fly­ing truck part were a lot higher this year than you might think be­cause it turns out the reg­u­la­tory sys­tem for ve­hi­cle safety has had more than a few loose nuts.

Ques­tion: Who let this hap­pen?

An­swer: Please re­fer to the pre­vi­ous an­swer. Ques­tion: If a party’s re­sponse to not be­ing able to

A few things made your heart glow un­less you were a re­ac­tionary mid­dle-aged white man on break­fast tele­vi­sion.

form a gov­ern­ment is to be­have like a scowl­ing teen who has been asked to do the vac­u­um­ing, what does this tell us?

An­swer: These are prob­a­bly not the sort of peo­ple you would want run­ning your WOF li­cens­ing sys­tem.

Not ev­ery­thing that hap­pened this year was dis­mal. A few things made your heart glow un­less you were a re­ac­tionary mid­dle-aged white man on break­fast tele­vi­sion.

Ques­tion: What is the name of a baby born this year?

An­swer: Neve. Would also ac­cept ‘Neve’ and ‘Neve’.

Ques­tion: Have we moved a step nearer to re­mak­ing the work­ing world to do a bet­ter job of ac­com­mo­dat­ing par­ent­hood in a work­ing life? An­swer: Per­haps, de­pend­ing on how much break­fast TV peo­ple watch.

Ques­tion: The peo­ple of France have been en col­ere this year, putting on yel­low vests each week­end and hurl­ing around pro­jec­tiles. Why? An­swer: They ob­ject to pay­ing more for fuel. Ques­tion: What will they do when David At­ten­bor­ough’s warn­ing comes true that cli­mate change may doom hu­man­ity?

An­swer: Put on yel­low vests each week­end and hurl around var­i­ous pro­jec­tiles, prob­a­bly. Ques­tion: How can they avoid this hap­pen­ing? An­swer: Pay more for fuel. Peo­ple around the world bought more cars this year and drove them far­ther than in the past, and green­house gas emis­sions grew at an ac­cel­er­at­ing pace. Ques­tion: Is it pos­si­ble that most of our big­gest prob­lems could be solved if we got rid of cars and rode bikes in­stead?

An­swer: Yes.

An­drew Lit­tle has been work­ing to achieve a bet­ter crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, and Kelvin Davis has been pur­su­ing poli­cies that have seen a 10 per cent re­duc­tion in prison num­bers.

Ques­tion: Are all politi­cians use­less?

An­swer: No.

David At­ten­bor­ough says there’s no ques­tion over global warm­ing’s ef­fect on the planet.

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