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Cllr Jack Cohen's Christmas column

December 22, 2016 10:19 AM
By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press
Councillor Jack Cohen

Scientists say it is a fact the older you get the quicker time appears to pass by. It is something to do with having so many memories stored in the brain. So here we are again another year drawing to a close.

In trying to recall the events of 2016 or looking forward to 20217, I am reminded of an exchange in the film Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart is asked "Where were you last night?" He replies "That's so long ago I don't remember." The next question "will I see you tonight?" He replies "I never make plans that far ahead."

So the Rio Olympics are just a hazy memory to me. I have forgotten who won the FA Cup and I rack my brains to recall who won the Grand National.

I have not forgotten though the passing of so many famous faces gone too soon. Terry Wogan, Gene Wilder, and for me the saddest of all Leonard Cohen.

If a week is a long time in politics then a year is an eternity. Who could have predicted the turmoil and fall out following Brexit? A top Labour Politician kept referring to it as Breakfast during a Radio 4 interview. Our foreign secretary called it a Titanic decision. Who said satire is dead?

Nearer to home the quote of the year from a council meeting must be in July immediately after the referendum. A very true blue but passionate remain Tory stood up and announced "we are all Liberal Democrats now". Well our sensational by-election victory in Richmond will do very nicely thank you very much.

At this time of year we ought to remember the heroics of ordinary people. The passer-by who came to the aid of Jo Cox, our doctors and nurses who will be working over the festive season, our tireless emergency services, the ordinary citizen so many bringing comfort to others with little acts of kindness.

On behalf of Barnet Liberal Democrats, I wish all you readers a happy Christmas/Chanukah and a peaceful New Year.