Thought for the week – 31.01.2019

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We were on holiday on the morning that the result of the Commons vote on Brexit came through.

I had already been out on the beach with the dogs before I picked up a newspaper in the hotel lobby to read about what had happened. Brexit had, of course, dominated the headlines and continues to do so.

It is probably fair to say that nobody knows what the implications are for the country, whatever the eventual outcome. Unfortunately, as always, there will be losers and, as is generally the way of things, these are likely to be those who are least well off.

Somehow political situations can become all-consuming; some of the media keep searching for different angles, new people to interview and other ways to spread alarm. I saw a cartoon recently with two pictures. In the first, a man is watching television and a reporter is saying: ‘What can we do to stop living in fear?’ In the second, the man smiles smugly and switches the television off.

We can’t just put our heads in the sand and pretend everything is okay. On the other hand, going back to my early morning walk, the waves will still roll in regardless.

Rev Sandy Stoddart,

Minister of Duror linked with Glencoe: St Munda’s Church of Scotland.