Key events/news hooks coming up next year:
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – double bank hol
Big theme is likely to be ‘Best of British’ again, but this time with more conviction, nostalgia, patriotism, etc. Expect more street parties – Royal Wedding was a chance for people to test the water. Bunting sellers are in the right business for 2012.
Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday – expect lots of events around the country and some more good TV from the BBC.
Mayan calendar ‘end of the world’ thing
Gloomy outlook for unemployment figures and worries about double dip recession