This year is generally reckoned to be a bit of a stinker, but it wasn’t all bad from where I am sitting.Politics may have been dominated by the bitterly divisive EU referendum, followed by the bitterly divisive US election, and a general surge of populist right-wing parties all over the place, but here in Crawley Labour managed to not just cling on to control of the council but to increase its majority, which was a bit of a surprise for us but a real shock to the Tories. It means we can carry on our radical left-wing programme of supporting and encouraging business in the town and building lots of houses.
On a personal level, it was a brilliant year because Jayne and I finally had the big do that we didn’t have when we got married 15 years ago, and we followed it with a holiday of a lifetime.
We were kept entertained during the year by some good new albums from Elton John, Iggy Pop, Paul Simon, Joachim Witt, Green Day, Madness, the Rolling Stones and the mighty Metallica.
Admittedly the grim reaper did his best to spoil the year, taking away Ronnie Corbett, Bowie, Ali, Prince, Terry Wogan, George Michael, Alan Rickman, Victorie Wood, Rick Parfitt and two thirds of ELP, but it wasn’t a clean sweep of legends and icons – we still have Rick Wakeman, Stevie Wonder, Debbie Harry, Trevor Brooking, Spizz, Elton John.
Yes, with Brexit, Trump, Aleppo, Nice, Berlin it was a pretty shitty year, but there were a few bright spots in the otherwise unrelenting gloom.