Total Politics asks “What’s in store for us in 2009?” and in the absence of a crystal ball, offers a few lists:
(if you’d rather it were a surprise, look away now)
The view from the village – politicians and pundits’ predictions, including Chris Huhne’s:
The recession will be deeper and longer than most people think because big booms are always followed by big busts, and the UK housing market was the most overvalued and over-borrowed in the developed world. We will be doubly hit because of our reliance on financial services.
The Political Faces of 2009, with Lynne Featherstone right at the top:
Lynne Featherstone’s response to the Baby P tragedy (her constituency forms part of Haringey) propelled her to the frontline of Lib Dem politicians. Her main strength is that she comes over as a normal person, rather than an inhabitant of the Westminster village. She talks ‘normal’ in a way that few politicians do. She ran Chris Huhne’s leadership campaign so is not close to Nick Clegg, but even he must now recognise she deserves a much more prominent frontbench position than Youth and Equality.
And some “not wholly serious predictions about the political year ahead”, with a scurrilous one for September:
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg takes his party conference by storm by telling his party faithful to “go back to your constituencies and prepare to lose seats”.
Read the tea leaves in full here.