New Year Predictions 2017

Here’s my New Year Predictions…

  1. Trump will become President of the USA later this month but won’t manage to survive for 4 years. (And don’t be rejoicing anyone, take a look at his VP).
  2. No significant progressive change will be proposed by the bishops of the Church of England in relation to LGBT issues.
  3. A solid majority in all houses of the Scottish Episcopal Church synod in favour of opening marriage to same-sex couples. (But I’m not predicting whether or not it will be enough to pass the legislation).
  4. SNP to lead the next administration of Glasgow City Council after the elections in May but possibly in coalition with others.
  5. Lib Dems will claim they’ve turned the corner after the local elections. Greens will continue to make very little progress in a political situation that seems almost designed for them to thrive. UKIP will do badly in Scotland. And is there another party?
  6. #Brexit will be triggered. And we will all end up the  poorer for it. Especially those already poorer.
  7. Success for the TIE campaign – I expect that they will make significant progress in getting more inclusive education in Scotland’s schools. By the end of the year I expect there will have been progress either in new Scottish Government guidelines or proposed legislation.
  8. Wikileaks-esque publication of details of membership of a large pornographic internet site and consequent sackings, suicides and divorces. (It is only a matter of time).
  9. François Fillon to win the French Presidency but Le Pen to do frighteningly well.
  10. The end of the beard. (Oh, I know I’ve predicted this before but how long can this hirsute tyranny go on? How much longer can good looking men keep their faces covered. Come along boys, enough is enough. Lather up.)



  1. I think you are underestmating Trump, he’s not going anywhere, and the Le Pen prediction seems very bold of you considering recent history…

    Thanks for writing your blog, happy New Year!

  2. David Allen says

    #8 happened in the US about a year ago. The DC Madame’s little black book. I posted about it at Episcopal Cafe that meny clergymen were listed and I was lambasted for posting. That if their rector was on the list that wasn’t anyone’s concern but he and his wife.

    That’s either head in the sand or way too liberal for me.

    I’m not into facial hair either. Clean cuut & clean shaven is what I like.

  3. I think you’re right about Trump and, in fact, i think he will be gone within the first year (the Republicans will figure out they can’t control him and will find a reason to impeach, or he’ll resign in a fit of pique). Don’t bet on beards leaving; mine’s certainly not going anywhere (I hate shaving!)

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