Happy New Year

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There can be no doubt that 2020 is going to be a big year for everyone.

Boris Johnson’s new government has promised us a Brexit deal by the end of January, which might be progress but surely means the start, rather than the finish, of anything.

In Scotland the volume has gone up again on demands for indyref2 after the success at the polls by the SNP, a move which would go down well with a sizeable chunk of voters on Arran.

Closer to home the saga of the new Arran ferry is set to drag on next year, with still little sign of progress, despite the nationalisation of the shipyard where it is being built. Lets hope that the New Year brings some more positive news.

A big decision which could come later this month is whether the proposed controversial fish farm in the north east of Arran gets the go-ahead. Even if it initially refused by North Ayrshire Council – which there is no guarantee it will – expect this to go all the way to appeal to the Scottish government and is unlikely to go away any time soon.

But it is not all gloom and doom. A New Year, a new decade, always has to bring hope and optimism and living on such a beautiful island as we do let us also count our blessings.

May we with all our readers a happy New Year and prosperous 2020.