The Brexit Bonus has nowhere-near met cynically manipulated expectations. Quite the opposite. It has fallen far short and a realistic assessment is that it will continue to do so, despite the Ress-Mogg Magic Wand. One of the negative impacts, which admittedly affects only a tiny minority, is the limitation on the length of stay in EU countries, including Greece.
A far more significant impact is that it has undermined European unity at a time when it is most needed. The 40 or so years since its formation has been the longest period of peace in European history. Russian interference in the Brexit referendum has achieved its aim of driving a wedge into democratic Europe and now the Ukrainians, and to a lesser extent the rest of us, are paying the price. And it’s likely to get a lot higher.
Just about ‘getting back to normal’ after the pandemic and again there is a new uncertainty hanging over us.
Nonetheless, I’m at the early stages of planning a trip back to Greece and Symi. And Nisyros. I won’t be going as early in the year as I have previously, so will miss the full impact of the profusion of Spring colour. Nevertheless, I count myself fortunate that in previous years, I have been able to spend time on the islands from the middle of April. If you can make it this year. Here’s a taste of what you can expect to see, assuming you go off the beaten track.
In the meantime, I’ve been in St Ockport looking after my daughter’s geriatric cat and taking a few local walks. Here are a few images from Abney Hall Park on a sunny afternoon and Heaton Mersey Common on a not-so-sunny one – trees, crocuses …. and Red Elf Cups.