In Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, 2013 the Year of the Snake. A wyvern is something in between, so as we look back over last year’s achievements, we should also be looking forward to what still needs to be done.
It’s in the nature of the status quo to be triumphalist, to insist that what is must be. That there is no alternative. History warns us not to be so certain. Not even about a centralised Britain contemptuous of local and regional autonomy. And thus the work goes on.