We all know what 2019 holds. Bitterness, division and conflict — even among families and friends, as much as MPs — as Brexit battles are fought out.
But Christmas offers us the chance, for a few brief, precious days, to think about something else. Oh, it will be tempting, of course, to bring up that toxic topic. Remainers and Leavers alike often see each other as the enemy, and what better opportunity to lay into each other than with a jabbing fork across the turkey?
But just as Germans and Brits rose from the trenches to down arms and exchange gifts on Christmas Day 1914, so these two implacable opponents must be encouraged to do the same now. Let’s talk about anything else – holidays, the Queen’s Christmas message, Stacey winning Strictly, the cat’s furballs, the dog’s diabetes – anything other than Brexit. We can resume hostilities in the New Year, and fight till one side triumphs or a messy stalemate transpires.
Over Christmas, let’s focus on peace and goodwill. By God, we need it.