This article was originally written for the July issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News, and the deadline was a week before the EU Referendum. What a world away that time seems now…
As I write this post, we’re poised on the brink of three historic milestones:
- Firstly, the one that will be done and dusted by the time you read this magazine: the EU referendum, though the after-effects will be long-term. Whichever way the nation votes, I shall still call myself a European, because that’s what I feel like in my heart, and if anyone begs to differ, I shall cite the definition of our geographical continent.
- The second major event is the US election. Whichever way the results go, they will be groundbreaking: first female president (Clinton) or first president for 60 years not to have previously held a publicly elected office (Trump). If Trump trumps Clinton, here’s my solution for keeping him in check: instead of his proposed wall along the US/Mexican border, let’s build a wall around Trump.
The third big event may go unnoticed on the world stage, but it’s big news by Hawkesbury standards: the reopening of the Hawkesbury Shop under community ownership, under the new trading name of Hawkesbury Stores. When future generations write the next volume of A Monument to Hawkesbury, this event will surely merit a chapter of its own, filled with fond reminiscences of Anne Weston and her team, who for so long have been a mainstay of our community. There’ll also be admiring tributes to how harmoniously the village pulled together, led by an excellent committee, to ensure a smooth change of status to benefit all concerned.
I think European and US politicians could learn a lot from studying our community.
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