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Tuesday, 15th January 2013

State of the Nation 2013: Where is bittersweet Britain heading?

Source: British Future

Like any adolescent, 2013 Britain is going to be tugged in different directions by those who think they know best about the future. Those to the fore are: the different lobbies on the British relationship with the European Union; those on different sides on whether we need a slimmed down public sector; as well as forces lobbying for and against Scottish independence; those in favour of the government’s currrent immigration cap and those that aren’t; and those arguing that the “shirkers” have it easy and the workers need more support.

But despite the less glamorous image of the year ahead, Britons feel a touch more positive about their families and the places where they live at the start of 2013, compared with the same moment last year. We are even a little bit less pessimistic about the British economy than we were in New Year 2012.

And when it comes to future-gazing, nearly half of parents think the quality of life
of their children will be better, or similar to, their own, in spite of the struggle many young people are encountering with entering the jobs market. On the other hand, a quarter think their children are going to take a shift down.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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