Happy New Year

Like millions of people up and down the country, was back in the office at the beginning of the week after a Christmas/New Year break. Before somebody makes the obvious comment that not everybody was so lucky, can I acknowledge the millions who got little or no break over the holiday season, and especially all the public service workers who made sure the city didn't grind to a halt, that health and care services were provided, and emergency cover was in place. Too many people are quick to criticise the public sector but as things like the recent floods or the less recent Manchester bomb show, we'd be in a hell of a mess without them.

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