Revolutions are notorious for making things worse. Consider Egypt, Iran, and Syria. Cynical Britons might include America!
However, there has just been a bloodless revolution that will not produce a bloodbath or a tyranny, and, as such, it should be known and celebrated.
There are a couple of hundred countries in the world, but Iceland has achieved what only three other countries have: equal parliamentary representation of men and women. All the others are still in the grip of the patriarchy.
It joins a select band of three, and, if you guess which countries they are, you’ll be wrong.
Because they are Rwanda, Bolivia and Cuba.
For me, Rwanda is the real eye-opener, with a parliament consisting of 68% women.
These are the needles in the political haystack, little bits of positivity that never seem to get reported. They are important good news, not just Cute Puppy Finds Loving Owner stuff.
As I get older I find it increasingly hard not to get sucked into apathetic cynicism. Cynicism in politics is all around me, whether it be outrageous lying and hypocrisy, or so-called satirists sharing a quiz show with people who hold poisonous views (after all, we all love a laugh, don’t we? And these extremists are such jolly good sports . . . )
It warms the cockles of an old man’s heart to find some seriously good news at the moment. I should try to find some more.