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Drill, Baby, Drill: a Preview of 2024
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 @ 9:35 AM

The question we might ask at the beginning of this year is ‘What is in Store for Twenty Twenty Four?’ 

Nothing good by the looks of things.

The Government seems to be limping onwards, with sustained attacks from the right-wing, the media and the other usual suspects (including, unfortunately, some dark corners of the military), but it is sustained by a hodgepodge of small parties who all want one thing or another and – if it wasn’t for their dislike of the rightist Partido Popular with its sinister ally Vox – then any fracture could take place, followed by a triumphant motion of censure from the PP (thankfully, Vox doesn’t have enough seats to call for one).

So, we have lefties and commies and regionalists on the one side… and the conservatives and the far-right, often joined at the hip, on the other.

This would be manageable, but the social media, particularly TikTok, is doing all it can to raise the temperature.

With the ever-growing and largely unsolvable issue of the illegal migrants coming to Europe, the elections coming up (Galicia’s has been brought forward to February apparently to help the image of Núñez Feijóo the PP leader who urgently needs a victory) then the Basque Country to follow probably in June (no chance for the PP there), along with the European elections, there will likely be fresh gains for the authoritarian parties. Later, in the second half of 2024, Orban’s Hungary takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

There are elections elsewhere in 2024 – presidential elections in Russia in March (oh, the suspense – who could be the winner: the dictator or that fellow in the Gulag?), a General Election probably in the UK in May (where despite the Brexit being shown to be a disaster, there’s barely any pro-EU politicians with a look-in) and then later, Gor love us, Donald Trump might take the USA again.

Then there’s the invasion of Ukraine, which ‘is estimated to have caused tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilian casualties and hundreds of thousands of military casualties’.

And Gaza with over 22,000 deaths in three short months.  

Many more migrants, or refugees, or asylum seekers will be looking for our protection this year. The choice is stark: either tend to them or turn them away. Left or right solutions?

We have another worry as the summer rolls around: will it be even hotter this year? How much hotter can it get? It’s one thing living on the coast, or in the north of Spain, but what about those who live inland, where temperatures last year were as high as 47ºC and stayed that way for weeks on end. Indeed, this past year of 2023 has been the hottest since records began say the weather-folk gloomily.

Inflation worries us, as the prices are always on the rise. Maybe the wealthy suppliers are getting just a bit too greedy. Perhaps we shall post something on Facebook about them, although Spain’s wealthiest man, Amancio Ortega, gets a huge number of ‘likes’ and ‘hearts’ each time his name comes up on that platform.

Spain’s second wealthiest person, by the way, is his daughter Sandra.

Some good news might be the repeal of the 90/180 day rule for foreign home-owners (as they adapt to the new EES enter/exit IT system at all Schengen border crossings).

Maybe things will sort themselves out, with sensible people being returned to government, the world’s various wars being resolved and a cooler summer season than we either expect or deserve.

Anyway, and sorry for the above. Personally, I’m quite cheerful: I have a new house to live in with a nice view and a garden to potter about in. It's about a hundred metres above sea-level, you know, in case the poles suddenly melt... 

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PablodeRonda said:
Friday, January 5, 2024 @ 7:19 AM

A thoughtful and well-written glance into the future. I too have similar concerns, but all in all, I'd much rather be here than there (UK).

lesleyfb said:
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 @ 3:38 PM

Brexit hasn't been a disaster and the re-election of Trump can't come quick enough.

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