Happy days are here again?


Finally 2020 is coming to an end, it’s almost over, and it looks much brighter in many ways, but I don’t dare to think that all the challenges are coming to an end, or are they?

When I look back on 2020, I thought in August that the pandemic more or less was over and business was once again getting up to speed, I even said to colleges that “Happy days are here again “.

Today I don’t dare to make the same assumption by thinking or saying all our troubles are behind us and 2021 will be a better year just because we have the vaccine and it will save us all so we can go back to normal.

I don’t think we are going back to normal as it was before the pandemic, the pandemic has changed a lot of things and it will continue to have an impact on how we are going about our business.

Brexit looks like it is very close to a deal, fishing rights is still a major issue, last bid regarding fishing quotas for EU is 67% against 75 % as long as everything caught has to be offloaded in UK.

Are they close to a deal?, I my mind close enough to get a deal, but it still has to pass trough parlament and members of EU for a final yes.

I still think it’s possible, all the signals are there, and the stakes are to high to ignore, so lets hope it gets settled before new year , we don’t want both the pandemic and Brexit haunting us through 2021, we have better things to focus on, don’t we?

When it comes down to the US election, there is an eviction to be carried out or at least a man who has to “face the music” if he does not step down by himself, I am not surprised if they have to carry him out, or at least use some kind of force to make him move.

Its actually interesting to think over why Trump is so persistent as he is, could be that he is trying to get something in return before stepping down, could be he is looking for a pardon so he cannot be prosecuted in the future.

Let us hope that within the next month or two Trump is gone, Brexit is done with a better deal for UK, and the vaccine will put an end to the pandemic, if January/February can deliver that, then I have great expectations for 2021.

If you ask me what I think about the future , then my answer would be that it looks great, but “It aint over till the fat lady sings”

We can be very close to a brighter future, but it can easily develop into a “perfect storm”, for example if Brexit is not solved with an agreeable solution in combination with an escalating unchecked global pandemic, if so, then I am sure it will be a struggle for all of us.

My best advice would be “prepare for the worse and hope for the best” by that I mean, you have to work hard and keep up the momentum in 2021, it will not solve itself, 2021 will need all the support it can get from all of us to become a successful year.

Remember , even if you manage to get trough unscarred yourself, there’s a lot of others that are in need of help, if you are in a position to help a friend in need, do it, it is in difficult times we see who are our real friends and who are not.

Merry Christmas Happy new year

Christopher Bell Blomquist Consulting
Managing Director
Lead Negotiator Consultant
Scotwork Sweden