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Editorial: The future file

Bronwen Maddox introduces the latest issue of Prospect

By Bronwen Maddox   October 2011

The best line on 2021 comes from Samuel Brittan. “Looking through a small file marked ‘future’ that I keep on the subject,” he writes, in an elegant riposte to the Prospect request to contemplate life in Britain ten years from now. Bryan Appleyard captures the cautious tone of many responses: “Britain is a nation whose near future is always in doubt,” he writes. “Our default mode is uncertainty and disarray, anxiety or riots. This in itself is a kind of destiny.”

Debt, the decline of influence even with America, the separation of Scotland, and an awkwardly ambitious King Charles III—those…

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