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Year-End Blues

John Rentoul

100512 cameron clegg hmed.standard Year End BluesIt’s that time of year again. The last edition of The Independent on Sunday of 2010. Time to look back over the past year and think what might have been. Alan Johnson as prime minister, in my case. In Nick Clegg’s case, he must look back at that sunny day in the garden of No 10 (right) with – already – some wistfulness.

Meanwhile, we have a leading article, in which I had a hand, listing 21 reasons to be optimistic about 2011.*

Happy New Year to you, dear reader.

*A pedant writes to take issue with no 16, which welcomes the rise in National Insurance contributions in April, saying that it is “basically income tax”. My correspondent says: “No, it’s not. NI is only paid by the employed. It is not paid by the unemployed, pensioners, children, all of whom can be liable for income tax. It’s a mistake usually made by employed journalists.” Both parts of which are true.

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