Once upon a time The Sex Pistols thrilled and shocked the nation with a song called “Anarchy in the UK”. How times have changed. “Optimism in the UK” seems to be the current hit tune, and it’s equally shocking to some. Now, I’m going to try to steer clear of links to vapid “Ten things…” articles. But as I’m blogging from the British Isles, I couldn’t resist a few end-of-year links from The Telegraph newspaper, one of which is Ten reasons to be optimistic about Britain in 2015. The Telegraph also has the retrospective Goodbye to one of the best years in history, in which even (gasp!) a socialist feels optimistic. The Spectator chips in, also from the UK, with Why 2015 might well be mankind’s happiest new year. There’s also Matt Ridley in The Times of London, Happy new year, Britain… and here’s why [$] although he’s behind Mr Murdoch’s paywall. Even Slate, over in America, this week mooted the possibility that The world is not falling apart: the trend lines reveal an increasingly peaceful period in history.