Monday 10th May
Well, it's all a bit of a shambles, isn't it?
The Great Election 2010 was a fiasco with hundreds of people failing to vote due to poor organisation, unexpectedly high turn out (doh!), not enough polling stations and every other excuse under the electoral sun.
We now have a Hung Parliament with much political posturing and no sign yet of a resolution, let alone the much promised 'strong and stable Government' (still, this never bothered the Italians so why should it bother us? They seem to muddle along ok without.)
Greece (Portugal, Spain?) are in meltdown as is the whole Euro concept. Which will be the next dominoes to fall? Did anyone ever think this one through? I doubt it. Meanwhile the tax payer digs ever deeper into his pocket...
The Icelandic volcano is still spewing out sporadic ash clouds causing chaos to the airlines. But don't worry, it will all be recovered in soaring ticket prices. Good old Joe Public bails them all out again.
There's an oil slick the size of Luxembourg threatening to destroy the coast of New Mexico and various wildlife reserves. BP are making a total horlicks of trying to right their wrongs. Will anyone ever learn? It only happened because they were too mean to carry out the proper tests on the concrete used on the well. Oh, and guess what? The Tax Payer is going to pick up the costs of their greed...again.
I was going to change the header picture on my blog today. But I don't think I'll bother. Snow is forecast. And yes, there was sleet here this afternoon.
But you know what? The birds are singing, the lambs are springing and new shoots are trying to push through against all odds. While there's life, there's hope, after all.
PS: for anyone who might be interested (unlikely I know), the High Peak was returned to the Conservatives and our UKIP mate got 3% of the vote in Derbyshire Dales - not enough to save his deposit. But, hey, at least he tried to do something he believed in, and that alone is worth celebrating in an increasingly self-centred and superficial world.
PPS: update as of 9.30pm, Tuesday 11th May: have just seen that David Cameron becomes our new Prime Minister. Suddenly feel a little sorry for Gordon Brown. I'm such a softie. Will be interesting to see if anything much changes. Doubt it.