What will 2018 bring?
For Europe"For the Western world, 2017 has been a year of (largely) self-inflicted chaos. Europe’s 60-year project of self-realisation faces unprecedented challenges to its ideological and territorial rationale.
While the year of the Brown Earth Dog sets the scene for more rational political exchange, this by no means implies an end to political turmoil in the EU. The dog years’ propensity for justice and innovation suggest that slow-burning social issues might come to a head."
For the UK"Someone claimed to have asked their iPhone: “Siri, what’s a good metaphor for Brexit?” Siri replied with the news story of someone trying to kill a spider with a blowtorch, and burning his house down. It nicely captures Britain’s approach to the EU.
Few would deny there are problems with the EU; some of which may be as annoying as having an unwanted spider in one’s house. But there are different ways of approaching these issues, some of which may prove more drastic and costly than others."
For NoctonThe three main projects for our local community involve building:
- The new Cricket Club pavilion should be completed for the start of the season, as planning permission has now been granted.
- The resubmission of the planning application for the rebuilding of our Village Hall should emerge, perhaps being granted approval this time around, enabling work to commence on demolishing the old building and constructing the new.
- Leda Properties might finally submit their plans for developing the old RAF Hospital site and stabilising the Grade II Listed Nocton Hall, given that they have been discussing requirements with North Kesteven District Council since 2015.