Happy New Year! I hope it’s a healthy and prosperous year for everyone.
I hoped in my last column that the political and climatic storms of the past few months would calm down so we could return to some kind of order.
After the Tories’ thumping win in December, this will hopefully mean the political storms will now subside.
In 2020 Boris Johnson is going to have to put his money where his mouth is.
He needs to deliver on his promises of delivering Brexit, not selling the NHS to the Americans and bringing the country back together.
In my opinion, the future of the Conservative party’s election success will depend on the decisions they make in the next five years.
I think most people, whether they run a business or not, are fed up of going around in circles and just want a bit of direction so they know where they’re headed.
From a business point of view, one positive thing that should come from the general election is the ability to make some informed decisions.
We should now get some direction on where the country is going, rather than the endless roundabout of debates of the past three years or so.
Raise your voice
The uncertainty has certainly meant, for many, that they were pretty much clueless as to where they needed to invest in their business for the best possible future.
And although many will still be waiting nervously to see what happens next, this year will hopefully shed some light on what is going to happen and allow that investment to flow once again.
One worry I have is that the farming industry is going to be pushed down the political agenda.
I am hopeful that the industry bodies such as the NFU and the TFA will have a voice loud enough to be heard above the shouts and screams of others.
Ours is an important industry, especially if the UK is to achieve carbon neutrality.
Even though my hopes of political stability have at last been realised, the weather still hasn’t been playing fair.
The hills and dales of Yorkshire were covered with snow just before Christmas and I gave up trying to finish drilling the winter wheat at the start of December.
I think I’ll have another go in February. Having got two-thirds of it in the ground back in November, I figured I was in a better position than most.
My prediction for 2020? Well, it is most certainly going to be another interesting year in politics.