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Are you glad to see the back of 2011?

RIOTS: Ella Henderson asks; Are you glad to see the back of 2011?

IS ANYBODY else happy that 2011 is over? It was a horrible year.

Ordinarily, the drought and famine in Africa would be the worst of the worst. But last year there was also the brutality that accompanied the civil unrest which spread like an angry tsunami across the East.

In March, the world witnessed the devastation caused by the Japanese earthquake, with the loss of countless lives.

Closer to home, we had the summer riots - an opportunity for the uninspired, the bored, and the feckless to join forces and vent their anger by raiding, robbing and firebombing their way across Britain’s high streets. It was the year when the rule of law in Britain broke down.

All of this occurred against the backdrop of the worst economic downturn in living history. When unemployment, or the threat of unemployment, became a daily topic of conversation.

2011: Students protest rise in tuition fees

It was the year when, perhaps for the first time, we realised that there was no longer any such thing as a ‘job for life’.

It was the year of the reality check, when the younger generation learned that further education was not an automatic right. It is, in fact, out of reach unless you are prepared to start your working life in debt. And even if you got to university, worked hard and got a degree, there was no guarantee of a job.

Who would have thought that 2011 would be the year when many of us would be served our fries by PhD students?

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