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Traditions help to bring communities together

December 21, 2014 2:48 PM
By Clr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

Cllr Jack Cohen being interviewed by the BBCAPPARENTLY 2014 has been the year of the selfie. Of course, self-portraits are nothing new. Rembrandt, Raphael and Van Gogh all painted themselves.

Over this festive period no doubt there will be many more selfies taken, especially from politicians wanting make sure that their voters see them with the good and the great.

Next year will be the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

King John (as far as I am aware) did not commemorate the signing in 1215 with a selfie but yet this marking of democracy has endured for 800 years.

Neither were selfies taken at the Nativity or in 165BC when the miracle of Hanukkah took place.

The mystery of what took place those thousands of years ago still enthrals us today.

So we celebrate each in our own way, or not at all.

But the traditions of these festivals bring all of us together in one way or another.

In 2015, we will have a general election. The outcome looks likely to be the most unpredictable election ever.

Is it really nearly five years ago that we had effectively the first coalition in British politics?

This was political parties coming together and remarkably keeping going for the full parliamentary term.

When I think of the many trouble spots throughout the world and the much suffering of people across the continents, I think we in the UK have much to be grateful for.

On behalf of Barnet Liberal Democrats, I wish all readers a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and a peaceful new year.