Due to the time of year I was going to write something funny about Jesus hatching from a chocolate egg, but recent events have turned my focus elsewhere. Firstly the devastating attack in Brussels, and secondly everyone is talking about Europe; should we stay, or should we go?
The answer to the latter depends on multiple factors, all of which can be found with a quick internet search. When considering whether Brexit is the right or wrong move, and how that will affect Thanet, it is worth looking back at our past.
The Isle of Thanet has been passed amongst leaders, gifted to local kings and royals at various times throughout history. It was always separated from the mainland by the river Wanstum, originally the Wantsum Channel, making it somewhat detached from the politics of the rest of the country. Nowadays Thanet has become a key seat in national elections, a dramatic change from a thousand years ago or so.
As an island, Thanet benefited from independence, whilst at the same time being under the governance of Great Britain. Similar, it seems, to the current relationship Britain has with the European Union. As the Wantsum filled with silt and the mainland drew closer, we became more and more connected to the country of which we are part. Our full joining was more geographical than political, and it seems highly unlikely the English Channel will suddenly dry up and attach us to France. So our decision to stay in, or leave, the EU is most definitely a choice we need to consciously make, and carefully.
Last weekend, before Brussels, was the Vernal Equinox, the point at which the days start to grow longer than the nights. In ancient Britain, including Thanet, this was a day for great celebration, a sign of hope, ushering in the age of fertility and new life. Rabbits, those relentless breeders, became a symbol of fertility, and eggs were associated with birth. As is still the case today, eggs would be decorated to mark the occasion, although in the modern calendar not necessarily on the same day.
Perhaps we are still as we were a few thousand years ago, here on this little island we call home. We decorate eggs, celebrate the dawn of spring, and often look across the river to the mainland to see what direction we should take. Maybe it's time we took matters into our own hands, let our voices be heard, and stopped worrying about whether Jesus really did hatch from a chocolate egg or not. After all, there are more important issues at stake.
About Seb: When he is not writing guest posts for Thanet Star Seb Reilly
is a fiction writer and occasional musician from Thanet. Seb maintains a website at www.sebreilly.com