Hello, readers, and welcome to 2016.
So, what is coming up this year?
First of all, there is the important race to be the new Mayor of London in May, and also the London Assembly election alongside it. I wish the Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, Sian Berry, all the best in her campaigns.
Secondly, there is also the Scottish Parliamentary election and the Welsh Assembly election, where my Green colleagues stand to make historic strides.
Thirdly, there are also local elections in England which will be the first test for five-party politics within the UK outside of a general election, which indirectly boosts local election turnout significantly.
Fourthly, it has been indicated that a crucial referendum on Britain's EU membership will likely take place sometime in 2016, although not on the same day as local elections. I maintain my neutral yet informative stance on this issue and seek to promote it should it be confirmed as happening this year.
Finally, there will be several parliamentary elections in several different nations of Europe over the course of 2016-the one to watch this year will be in the Republic of Ireland.
Best wishes, Alan.