Don’t write off 2012

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Don’t write off 2012


Bronwen Maddox introduces the January issue of Prospect

The prospect of recession has done wonders for black humour. In our collection of visions of 2012, Paul Mason says we’ll be hunkering down, eating baked beans, our only luxury an iPhone. If we haven’t taken refuge in the cold comfort of an actual Welsh farm, we’ll be in a “farmhouse of the mind,” he says, invoking that buried sense that the western mountains are a last refuge from apocalypse.

It has been a bad year for those who believe that governments can fix problems—and a good one for those who think they’re to blame. President Obama and Congress are in a standoff; France and Germany are unable to devise plausible rules for the eurozone; Italy and Greece have installed unelected technocrats as leaders; the easiest course for southern Europe is to give in to picturesque decline, with nothing left to sell

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  1. December 18, 2011

    Dan Smith

    Mmm, interesting article. My predictions, for what they’re worth are that George Osborne will turn out to be a rather good chap and that Nick Clegg will get booted out of Government so it’s a safety net in his Christmas stocking.

  2. December 31, 2011

    Dan Smith

    It’s a siege mentality. 2012 has loads of things to do and see and it won’t be revolving around a can of baked beans.

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Bronwen Maddox

Bronwen Maddox
Bronwen Maddox is Prospect's editor 

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