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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:

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