The New Year, 2019, is likely to be very much the same as its direct predecessor, 2018, it's been claimed by analysts who have been studying 'the signs'.
Contrary to popular belief, goes the claim, one period of time is no more likely to be any better - or worse - than any other period of time, purely on the basis of being a different period of time.
The phrase 'Out with the old, and in with the new', therefore, is meaningless, from both a practical and a scientific standpoint.
According to the analysts, all the indicators suggest that, despite all the festive cheer and optimism for the future, there will, in fact, be little or no change in circumstances for most people. Any changes that there are, will have nothing to do with the fact that it is 2019 instead of 2018.
Said one analyst, Alan Syst:
"All the pointers show that any improvement is unlikely. It will, in all likelihood, be the same old drudgery in more-or-less equal amounts."
Another, Stan Lays, told us:
"It's true that things tend to feel like they are getting worse, and may be, but the overall change is so gradual that, in reality, it's just the same old shit, all over again."