2012 started pretty much the same way 2011 did. I am not a New Year person so spent it having a quiet night in watching DVD's and reading Hemingway.
January the 2nd saw the New Years Derby between the Mighty Hibernian and local rivals Hearts. Hearts ran out 3-1 winners extending an unbeaten run in the fixture to 9 games. I fear we are only a third or so of the way through another of their long unbeaten runs in this fixture - 28 I think was the last one. Never easy being a Hibs fan and sadly it looks like business as usual.
2012 will see the London Olympics, The European Football Championship. Hopefully it will see Andy Murray win a Major and Hibs lift the Cup for the first time since1902. OK that last one is unlikely from where I am currently sitting but I would love to be proved wrong.
This year will also see the local council elections.
I for one will be doing all I can to get as many Lib Dems elected. Despite the sling and arrows we have faced over the last four and a half year we have been a good administration doing the difficult and necessary things well.
We can look back at a strong record in Housing and Social Care - cutting Homelessness and crime, building the first council housing in a generation and radically reforming our care set up so more people are getting the care they need when they need it and we are delivering it more effectively. In Education attainments are at greatly improved as is Children's social work. The city is cleaner in spite of a bin dispute and recycling rates are substantially improved. I could go on at length but I will save that for another posting.
At these elections local issues will be more to the front than usual. Local reputations will count for a lot and we have a PR election system and at this stage I don't think any party is putting up enough candidates to get an outright majority. Accurate predictions this far out are very difficult.