Celebrating air passengers flooded internet forums at the end of October 2014. The Supreme Court confirmed an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal in Huzar v Jet2.com regarding passenger rights to monetary compensation. English law now gives passengers the right to compensation for a delay greater than 3 hours, if caused by a faulty aircraft.
None of this will come as any great surprise. Following on from the scandals of Mid-Staffs, Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View and others, the public are now largely conditioned to hearing about problems in health and social care services. There arguably remain more good news stories than bad ones, but of course the gravity of bad news travels far further.
You ask 10 people and you will get 10 different views on the health of the high street. Then you will get others asking if the high street is still relevant any more. It's not that the debate is polarised, as much as the fact that the changes that have hit retail have been so profound and have happened in such a short space of time that we struggle to make sense of them. Data and statistics only cloud the issue further.
Since the arrival of the smartphone, and in reality the arrival of the iPhone, technology has been slowly killing off a number of different connected devices as it consolidates them into one tool. From the humble alarm clock, through to the digital camera, landline, Walkman and satnav, the list goes on as smartphones have made more and more devices redundant.
Increased spending, confidence and confidence in the future all bodes well for the future. But let's not get too excited. It is clear that beneath these headlines, many consumers are still struggling. For instance, positivity over prospects for future personal finances varies significantly across the UK. Londoners and people in the West Midlands are much more likely to feel positive about their future finances than those in the North West or in Wales.... Our data shows men are more likely than women to be feeling positive about their financial situation...
The New Year is upon us, and the blogosphere is awash with posts along the lines of 'Predictions for 2014' and 'What will be big in the next twelve months'. The irony is that we live in an increasingly unpredictable, turbulent world, in which accurate forecasting is an increasingly hard act to master.