Carolyn Quinn looks back on a year when so much changed but a few things didn't. 2010 heralded a "new politics" and a coalition government for the first time in generations. The Labour Party was beset by brotherly conflict and austerity hit home. We learnt that we would wait longer for our pensions, maybe lose our jobs and definitely lose our benefits. There were riots in London but bigger ones abroad - protestors in Athens & Paris took to the streets. BP became reviled in the US where President Obama tried - and failed - to cool down the Tea Party. Travellers were delayed by an Icelandic ash cloud and 33 miners waited to be rescued in Chile. Floods caused widespread despair in Pakistan and - no surprise this perhaps - England returned defeated from the vuvuzela roar in South Africa.
Producer : Rosamund Jones.