2021 was too much of a strange one to try and sum up in one episode of Fiskal Policy.
So this week I’ll take a look at key events (through the medium of ‘episodes’ rather than an in-depth look at what actually happened) for the first six months of the year.
Next week I’ll take on the optimistic summer and the doom and gloom of the last six months of the year.
Not an amazing January
The year started with me waking up wondering whether I’d really seen Andy Burnham giving a speech in the Hacienda.
Job cuts at work meant I applied for quite a few jobs and managed to keep the one I had.
Sadly, applying for jobs meant I didn’t have as much time to devote to writing Fiskal Policy as I would have liked.
WTF happened in February?
February is supposed to be the month of love (well Valentine’s Day is) and a time of hope after the darkness of January.
This year it didn’t look like anything was going to improve and the closest I got to love was observing while a man bought a pack of Viagra in preparation for his day of love.
To add to the loved up theme, Kim Kardashian announced she had filed for divorce from Kanye West.
March marked the start of spring(ish)
TikTok has been a big part of my life throughout the pandemic, especially cooking videos.
Back in March I predicted big things for Poppy O’Toole. Now the self-titled potato queen has a cookery book out, 2m followers on TikTok and I’m predicting even bigger things for her in 2022.
It was also the first anniversary of me moving to Croydon. It has been a strange time but it has, mostly, been a good time.
All aboard for April
Yes, while scientists are fighting Covid, M&S and Aldi are spending their time with courtroom battles about food and drink.
And in political news, Count Binface took on Laurence Fox at the ballot box.
They both lost but we all know who was really the biggest loser.
May was a difficult month
In May the family of murdered private detective Daniel Morgan was supposed to have finally been able to read the report by an independent panel, which was set up in 2013 to look into their loved one’s death.
But back then it seemed as if the Home Secretary Priti Patel was doing her darndest to stop the truth from coming out.
The Fiskal Policy episode from May 23rd explains what happened.
June – phew, what a scorcher (although I don’t remember it being super hot)
The overwhelming message from June is that you don’t have to be in it to win it.
This is a pandemic and all the rules have changed.
I won a stand-up comedy competition without standing up. Yes, you read that correctly.
And proving I’ve still got it as a music critic I proclaimed this year’s Wolf Alice record to be the album of the year.
Some might say I called it a bit early but six months on I know my choice was the right one and so do lots of other music critics.
It isn’t too late to ask for it for Christmas.
Have a great Christmas and see you on the other side for part two of the year review.
Stay safe for another week!