Another year is upon us and with it comes hope of a better deal for United Kingdom citizens on the economic and social fronts.
The recession of recent years has left a heavy toll with the loss of a significant number of jobs in key industries, and while some economic experts cautiously predict that things are on the up, the Prime Minister David Cameron warns that this will only happen if people make the right political choices.
Mr Cameron is, of course, referring to the Westminster General Election in May when the choice will starkly be between the present Conservative capitalist policies of recovery in the private sectors and the narrow socialist dogma of Labour which is heavily dependent on state intervention, at various levels.
Britain faces “chaos” if it changes its economic course, the Prime Minister asserts, but the upcoming May poll may bring a result that will not be to the liking of both he and his Labour rival Ed Miliband.
The advance of UKIP in English constituencies will affect both the Tory and Labour votes (to a greater extent Conservative hopes of forming single party government), while Mr Miliband faces the possibility of a dramatic voting downturn in Labour’s Scottish traditional heartlands.
In Northern Ireland, the return of up to 11 unionist MPs could be crucial in the Tories forming a government. But, in the event of that happening, what is agreed has got to be in the best interests of the people in this part of the kingdom.
With the recent deal on finances worked out by the parties at Stormont and Her Majesty’s Government, the Assembly should be able to continue in being until the 2016 election,
But, ominously, failure to agree on fundamental issues like flags, parades and the diametrically opposed unionist and republican interpretations of the past will continue to leave the Assembly as a house very sharply divided against itself.