Another year is behind us. It’s been the most torrid since the end of WWII. I don’t need to elaborate.
Yet it has not bowed us. The human organism has a vast capacity to adapt and accomodate. While some have complained, most have simply ‘sucked it up’. Can you remember when last we have had to endure so much inconvenience and accept second best so often, all the while taking daily protective action against a virulent virus that continues to spread in pandemic proportions, leaving thousands dead in its wake? The public here is learning what doctors have always known and practised - how to avoid and limit infection.
Australia has established a fine COVID-19 record. Victoria has shown the way to the rest of the world. Premier Dan Andrews, by insisting on rigorous prophylactic measures, has all but eliminated the virus in his State. He has done this while being attacked every day by journalists, the malignant Murdoch press and its hangers-on, and of course opportunistic politicians operating in shameful adversarial mode. His most persistent critic, Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien, is now under scrutiny himself - from his own party, dismayed at his ineffectiveness.
Most folks have gotten on with their jobs, at home or at work, and in the process have realised that there are many ways we can get done what we need to accomplish. Many at home have become accomplished cooks, tackling much more than the traditional ‘meat and three veggies’ evening meal. These culinary skills will remain, as will the joy of cooking many new creations.
The cohesion of the family has been strained, sometimes fractured, but for many families it has been strengthened as they have adapted to family life in close proximity for prolonged periods, as was the case in the past.
The Political Sword
has continued to provide well-constructed pieces on important political issues, here and overseas. Although few readers comment, many give our pieces five- star ratings (sometimes more than thirty). This is a measure of their quality. Such ratings give great encouragement to our authors.
A lot will go on in TPS
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The Festive Period invites great praise for our authors, 2353NM and Ad Astra, who write almost all the pieces that TPS
publishes. Usually two are offered each week.
TPS says: ‘Thank you for another year’s sterling contribution’.
Behind the scene are another two to thank: Bacchus, who takes care of the coding of many of the pieces we publish, schedules the publication dates and manages social media publicity, and Web Monkey, who manages The Political Sword
website, which he created. Because it is so sophisticated, it takes a high level of expertise to maintain. He posts every new piece, complete with stylish images, and notifies each piece to those on our user list. We could not do without these two quiet supporters.
There are invisible supporters of our website too: our spouses and families who not only tolerate our involvement, but encourage it. We offer them our profound thanks. So it’s time to say: ‘Thank you’ to all of you for another year of outstanding contributions to the life and work of The Political Sword. Your support enables the promulgation of what we believe is vital commentary on the politics, here and overseas, that in one way or another, impinges on our daily way of life.
We wish you a relaxing and refreshing end-of-year break, and look forward to you joining us for another year of excitement in 2021 here at TPS. The political scene, both here and overseas is never dull.