Predictions for the nineteen eighties

Predictions for the nineteen eighties

Queen to abdicate in favour of Prince Charles.

Queen Elizabeth II will abdicate in favour of Prince Charles in 1985.¹

This and all the following predictions (see notes at end of page) were published in 1979 based upon the Trend Analysis by Relative Opinion Testing (TAROT). A system developed as a variant of the Rand system by Mr Francis Kinsman, a forecasting consultant.

Members of the 15 strong group were ‘all eminent in one or more of a number of prophetic disciplines –astrologers, numerologists, trance mediums, clairvoyants, spirit writers and sensitives of various kinds’.

Mrs Thatcher back from exile

Mrs Thatcher will be recalled to power after a ‘de Gaulle-like’ period of exile.2

Inflation to reach ‘hurricane’ proportions

Inflation is set to reach “hurricane” proportions in the autumn of 1980 caused by crippling rates of interest.3

World currency system to collapse in 1982.

The danger period for world currencies will be in March, July and October 1982.4

The conjunction of the planets is also likely to bring about a spate of earthquakes due to their effect on the sun’s electromagnetic flux.

The crash of 1982 will be precipitated by the assassination of President Sadat of Egypt, followed by a Middle East war in which the United States will betray Israel.5

The deposed Shah of Iran will be assassinated by one of his staff.6

Russia’s next leader

Brezhnev’s successor will be ‘a militarist probably with a naval background.7

A Kennedy to be President again

A Kennedy may be President of the United States within 20 years. 8


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The Delphi method is a forecasting process framework based on the results of several rounds of questionnaires sent to a panel of experts. Several rounds of questionnaires are sent out and the panel is told what the group thinks as a whole. The Delphi method seeks to reach the correct response through consensus.

      1. Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 (92 at time of writing) and has been the longest reigning monarch since 6 February 1952
      2. Margaret Hilda Thatcher (nee Roberts) was Prime Minster from 4 May 1979 until 28 November 1990 when she was ousted by her own party.
      3. The 1981-1982 financial crisis was the insolvency of the majority of major money centre banks. The banks had lent unstintingly to foreign governments who were defaulting.
      4. Fifty‐six ‘significant earthquakes’ were recorded in 1982, up from the 1981 tally of 51.
      5. Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981.
      6.  The Shah of Iran died in exile in Egypt, whose president, Anwar Sadat, had granted him asylum.
      7. Yuri Andropov (aged 68 at the time) succeeded Brezhnev in his post as General Secretary in 1982.  Following Andropov’s death fifteen months after his appointment, an even older leader, 72 year old Konstantin Chernenko, was elected to the General Secretariat. His rule lasted for little more than a year until his death thirteen months later on 10 March 1985. Mikhail Gorbachev (54) was elected to the General Secretariat by the Politburo on 11 March 1985.
      8. Ronald Reagan  (1981–1989),  George H. W. Bush  (1989–1993),
        William J. Clinton  (1993–2001), George W. Bush  (2001–2009).

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