2015 has absolutely flown in and it’s hard to believe that I’m sitting down to write my final column of the year, looking back on a very busy and eventful 12 months.
Internationally, the news was dominated by appalling terror attacks and the terrible and complex conflict in Syria, as well as by the ongoing refugee crisis it has created.
As the cold winter weather sets in, we should all spare a thought for those working hard in our NHS and our emergency services.
As many of us enjoy time off with family and friends over Christmas and the New Year, many of them are hard at work keeping us safe and looking after us if we fall ill.
In the face of Tory cuts, the Scottish Government’s budget rejects austerity, protects public services and safeguards household incomes.
Here’s just some of what the budget for the year ahead delivers:
On Monday Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron met for the first time since May, and top of the First Minister’s agenda for discussion was the deeply damaging Tory Trade Union Bill.
On Wednesday I will set out the Scottish Government’s budget.