Edited by Andy Ross
The Independent, December 27, 2009
David Cameron was the
youngest British prime minister in 200 years. In 2013, he led Britain into a
dubious war with Iran. British forces remained in Afghanistan until 2015.
— Jane Merrick
continued to climb year by year. The 2009 recession slumped into a
depression. Farming inhospitable regions brought greater habitat loss than
ever before. The first world war of the 21st century was fought over water.
— Robin Barton
did well when publishers accepted that readers wouldn't buy books any more
unless they were written "by Jordan". Soon, every book published was
"written" by the 1990s glamour model. These were not produced using dead
trees, but beamed on to the reader's retina using revolutionary e-lens
— Katy Guest
Dame Kate Moss is still spotted from time to time, glass of champagne in one
hand, cigarette in another, dressed in vintage ermine coat and no knickers.
— Susannah Frankel
took over from government as the green pioneers, leading the way in energy
savings and creating new sustainable technologies for its shareholders and
— Margareta Pagano
In 2016, America chose David Petraeus as its leader. Back in 2008, faced
with a comparable crisis, the country elected its first black president.
Petraeus was always careful not to promise more than he could deliver.
— Rupert Cornwell
The Independent, December 31, 2009
People were more connected
than ever. People also lived longer in the same house. The result was that
people rediscovered who their real neighbours were. Those in other countries
could look after their own.
— Julian Baggini
Paranoia about terrorism has pushed security to new extremes.
Zippy electric cars have become a ubiquitous presence on the roads. Pressure
on Britain's rail network has increased still further. The Government is to
force firms to allow half of their employees to work from home.
British experts had
predicted in 2008 that "in 20 years the commonest operations will be
regenerative procedures to replace organs and tissues" with ones grown from
stem cells. But their research foundered after 2011 due to a lack of
— Jeremy Laurance
general election is being billed as the first post-internet campaign.
British MPs are now the least corrupt, most highly respected, and lowest
paid of any Western democracy.
— Andy McSmith
A decade of economic woes finally leads to the collapse of
free admission to national museums and galleries.
— David Lister
The Telegraph, January 2, 2010
Gene therapy will be an important part of
hi-tech medicine by about 2018. But for the health of most people, it will
— Steve Jones
We will see increasing involvement of robotics in the operating theatre.
Surgeons will use non- invasive techniques, entering through the body's
— Max Pemberton
The forthcoming space race will be among private enterprises. We will see
the creation of synthetic life. We will see attempts at geoengineering to
curb climate change.
— Roger Highfield
The mobile phone will become a gateway to global
communications, and link seamlessly to the web and every screen in homes and
offices. Supermarkets will restock your fridge automatically.
Mobile and web will collide
to fulfill the promise of helping people help themselves. The open exchange
of information will lead to a more informed, engaged, and more empathetic
— Biz Stone
It will be the hottest decade ever. Renewables will boom, especially solar
power, as new technologies and falling prices kick in. Continued shrinkage
of the Arctic ice-cap could provide the first climate tipping point.
have fragmented into national and denominational shards. As for Islam,
things will get worse before they get better.
— George Pitcher
Disposable celebrity memoirs will be
delivered electronically, in tiny bursts. Published works will be delivered
with alterations commissioned by the end-user. Books may have to prove
themselves with an audience before a publisher will print copies.
The fortunes of the
music business will decline further. Music itself will thrive as a more
— Neil McCormick
Britain will finally address both its catastrophic undersupply of new
housing and the low quality of what it is building.
— Ellis Woodman
We'll see a rediscovery of morals in matters
of production and consumption. Making things will become more important,
both economically and culturally. True value will be separated from mere
cost. Gross indulgence will soon acquire the stigma currently attached to
— Stephen Bayley
We will enter a golden age in British theatre.
— Dominic Cavendish
We can expect an explosion in 3D blockbusters.
— Tim Robey
More viewing will take
place online and on demand.
— Neil Midgley
The UK will be like Havana, with almost all of us
growing some of our food. Gardening will be less ornamental and more
productive. Expect destructive winds and tropical rain.
— Sarah Raven
Supermarkets will sell more British food. GM
foods will get a stronger foothold in Europe.
— Rose Prince
The combination of being the most knowing
generation ever and one that has to find its place in a wrecked economy
should fire up entrepreneurial innovation in the young.
— Sarah Mower
Disposable fashion will go the way of the
battery chicken. Many will order their underwear on their iPhone and
delivery vans will clog up the traffic.
— Harry Wallop
AR All very amusing, but not much
fodder for my next book, except to remind me to keep a light touch when
composing my own efforts.