If you’re feeling pessimistic, try Christmas!

This is the first almost normal Christmas that we’ve had in three years. It’s therefore, more than ever, a suitable time for us to think about what Christmas means, or should mean. If you think I’ve left anything out, please do add a comment! And can I take this opportunity of wishing all my readers a joyful Christmas season and healthy 2023!

How did we lose all compassion?

Fifty years ago, when I was a young adult, my recollection (and I hope I’m not looking through rose-tinted spectacles) is that our country was mostly courteous, tolerant and compassionate. And certainly my generation, as we grew up, was taught that it was our responsibility to look after those less fortunate than ourselves. How did that all change?