A Christmas Message from Andrew Miller MP
|Published: 20th December 2011 09:42|
Looking back over a challenging year it can be difficult to be optimistic. For me, as for many people, Christmas is a time for reflection on a year that will undoubtedly have held highs and lows, joys and sadness.
One of this country's great strengths is the way we have welcomed people from many different cultures, while still maintaining our best traditions and Christmas is a perfect time for communities to come together, to give and to share and to build the kind of respect for each other that helps us to be stronger.
Financial instability both at home and abroad has hit us all and the immediate outlook seems gloomy however, one of life's rules is that whilst every day may not be good, if we look there's something good in every day. The money markets may be floundering but governments are still working together in other important areas. The attempt to reach a new international settlement on greenhouse gas emissions to follow on from the Kyoto Protocol, which runs out in 2012, is probably the most important single issue within the field of international climate change politics.
At this time we should also reflect and remember those less fortunate than ourselves, whether at home or abroad. My thoughts are with those who are coping with illness or who are alone during the Christmas season and also with the many people in our essential services who will be working and who deserve our thanks. We must also remember the brave men and women of our armed forces who are serving in Afghanistan.
I do hope that the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston will enjoy a very happy holiday season and that 2012 will see a world recovering from difficult times to become a better place for everyone.
Andrew Miller MP