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There may be dangers ahead, but 2013 still offers reasons to be cheerful

It has not been hard to list 10 trends that may lend 2013 a surprisingly optimistic cast—so much so that I’ll start with two that are the opposite.

One is the Leveson inquiry into regulation of the media. I used to make a point of defending Nick Clegg. A few marks for the pragmatism of coalition. A few more for resilience even if the day had brought only rebuff (often, it had). And most…

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