Hopes for 2013

For all sorts of reasons which everyone knows, 2012 has been a tough year for Britain (and indeed for most other parts of the world). There is no point in pretending that 2013 is suddenly going to produce unlimited quantities of milk and honey either. Many of the same issues that have faced us this year will still be posing challenges over the next 12 months, as we take action to reduce our national deficit, rebalance our economy, reform our public services and preserve our environment.