Will 2021 bring debt, Charles III, and oil under the Isle of Wight? In this month’s Prospect, we asked experts in their field—including Bryan Appleyard, Samuel Brittan, Tom Ravenscroft and Lucy Prebble—how the country would look in ten years’ time. On Twitter, our readers responded with their own predictions. Here are some of the best, which were printed in our October issue:
Overcrowded, shabby, depressed public spaces, but for the rich, the opposite. Private wealth and public squalor—like the US.
The Big Society will have appointed its own government, possibly via X Factor.
Twitter will be today’s beta video.
Fewer high street areas—some small towns will die unless they create their own niche market or reason to survive.
We will mine landfill sites for plastics and other recoverables.
Online social networks will become more important as they become legal proxies of individuals (like s…