More recently, we have become more gloomy, preferring to predict that our very survival is threatened by global warming and T-bone steaks, and a lack of European health and safety legislation.
So it comes as no surprise to read the latest prediction. In a few years'
time there will be no unskilled jobs in Britain, says Digby Jones, director general of the Confederation of British Industry.
A fiver says you're wrong, Mr Jones.