Well, nobody can say that 2011 wasn't an exciting rollercoaster of a year. And we are looking forward to even more next year. The election campaign feels like it was either yesterday or years ago now. And six months on from losing my seat, I can hardly remember working on the council. The kids are growing up, far too fast, and I am really enjoying being a full time teacher again.
So, a few predictions for this year:
1. A major national shop will unexpectedly open a branch in Norwich.
2. City will face a nailbiting effort for promotion via the qualifiers and will ultiamtely win through.
3. The AV referendum will be lost, by 8%
4. The economy will show strong signs of growth by December
5. Labour will take double digit poll leads during the year but by the end the Tories will be back within striking distance
6. Labour will pick up seats in 2011 but not in large numbers and only the kind of wards the Tories were shocked to have won in 2007. No breakthrough.
7. Ed Miliband will still no be secure as Labour Leader but all 3 party leaders will show negative poll numbers and Clegg will be in the most serious trouble
8. Most newspapers online will be behind the paywall
9. The invisible primary in the US will cut the number of realistic GOP hopefuls down to 4 - Huckabee, Palin, Romney and a surprise figure that perhaps we hadn't even considered in 2010.
10. "Skype me" will be the new "Facebook me"
Happy New Year Everybody!