2011 was a tumultuous year for many, abroad and at home. I fear this will continue into 2012. A lot of the financial woes in Europe are being caused by dithering politicians who would prefer to re-arrange the deckchairs on the Titanic than work out how to get out of the mess they put themselves in, with regards to the Euro crisis, and the economic pain back in Britain is only been lengthened because the yellow peril are holding back George Osborne from taking the deep cuts which are really necessary to put this country back in the black.
We are only two days into the New Year and still the Government is allowing people who can’t be bothered to work to take home £40,000 a year in handouts, including a housing benefit of £340 a week (yes, a week!). With economic policy like this, hard-working people will be dreaming of that holiday for a few more years yet with the only prospect being a life of poverty in retirement. Not so for the public “I’m alright, Jack” sector though.
So it seems this is the week, across the dead tree press and blogosphere, when us writers make up some predictions for the year ahead with the wonderful caveat that no one can predict the future (especially economic forecasters!). Therefore, my five predictions are:
1. One Eurozone country at least will leave the Euro and, shock horror, it won’t lead to the end of the world but instead that country’s exports will rocket.
2. Boris will win a second term as Mayor of London.
3. The Olympics will be a success but paranoid security requirements will cause chaos in and around London (if you work in London and can work from home from July to September then do so!). The Opening Ceremony will be a bit embarrassing compared to Beijing but, hey, I guess that is the price you pay when you cannot force thousands of acrobats to train 18 hours a day, seven days a week (without pay) in preparation.
4. Obama will hold on to the Presidency, just!
5. Ed Miliband will still be Labour leader by the end of the year (which will be great for the Conservatives).