At this time of year one is reminded that in the pantheon of illustrious British philosophers, one man alone stands supreme - Pte. Fraser - he, of the immortal words, "We're all doomed!" Well, to be fair, I thought that a year ago which is why I pulled my modest investments out of the FTSE 100, only to watch the market fly up, up and away. Story of my life, I thought! So, I was wrong then but, if it's possible, I'm even more gloomy now.
The most immediate threat remains Iran and its nuclear ambitions. I have no idea how far the Iranians have progressed but 'I know a man who does', or rather, I know of some men who do - the Israeli Intelligence Service. If and when they are satisfied that the Iranians are 'a real and present danger', they will strike. There is absolutely no doubt about that because the Jews know all too well what savagery can be visited upon them by people determined to wipe them from the face of the earth.
When they strike, of course, the Iranians will slam shut the Straits of Hormuz and stop the flow of oil. Recession in the West will be immediate. In particular, Britain will really suffer because once the economic growth, which has taken place despite, not because of, 'ur wee Gordie Broon' , goes into reverse, the mammoth ill-effects of the profligacy and deceit of this unbelievably sly and stupid man will smash into all of us. (Still, it's an ill wind that doesn't blow down some-one else's house, and as I am definitely into cash, I will be well placed to buy a few stocks in the bargain basement.)
Oddly enough, I am not too worried about Iraq. We'll pull out in a few months declaring a victory(!) and they will then get on to the serious business of slaughtering each other. If rumours are true that the Saudis intend to help their co-religionists, the Sunnis, against Iranian-backed Shias, then so be it, they can knock six bells out of each other as far as I'm concerned, and anyway, in the event of a war, we should pick up some more decent arms orders from the Saudis. (What was that noise? Oh, it's only 'Ratty' fainting with shock!)
As for this 'scepter'd Isle', well, search as hard as I can, I see not even a glimmer of hope. 'Ur wee Gordie Broon' will become prime minister and, at last, be unmasked as a bigger liar than Blair. He should have been disgraced years ago but hardly anyone understands economics and so most people are unaware of what a shyster the man is - but they will soon learn, the hard way! Because the self-styled 'decent' politicians of the centre are now viewed by a majority of the electorate with bleak disappointment (putting it mildly), you can expect to see a resurgence of the 'indecent' politicians from the fringes. The so-called 'working class' will switch to the BNP, the semi-educated 'soppies' from the middle class will go Green, and a large number of traditional Tories will support UKIP. The fact that we will, in the coming year, be forced to pay for these wretched political poltroons plus the pecksniffs and pox-doctor's clerks who feed like leeches from the teats on the body politic and have the effrontery to describe themselves as 'advisers', will simply add to the public disgust and move us all irrevocably towards anyone who will promise to put and end to the corruption.
Meanwhile, back at the international 'farm', yet another menace is already sending danger signals. Putin's Russia is cash rich from its gas and oil. The place is run by a bunch of ambitious gangsters with more muscle than brain but when the 'muscle' consists of an arsenal of truly, mass destruction weaponry, you had better look out! They are, even now, spending huge amounts of money attempting to develop a missile system capable of penetrating American defences. 'By their deeds shall you know them'', so when you see a Russian-born, British subject quite obviously murdered by Putin's mobsters and our police and judicial enquiries stymied by the Russian government; or when you see the British ambassador hounded day and night by a Russian government-inspired, semi-Fascist youth group; or when you look at how Putin deals with insurrection in Chechnya (compared to how we pussy about in Iraq!); or how Russia uses its energy resources to blackmail any country that opposes its aims, then you would be well-advised to look for granddad's old tin hat!
Now, where did I start all this yadda-yadda ... oh yes ... Happy New Year!