LONDON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A member of Britain's BBC prognostication panel says the world can rest easy since probably none of his sometimes dire predictions for 2012 will come true.
Stephen Sackur conceded his batting average for 2011 was pretty low, particularly his prediction Sarah Palin would jump into the U.S. presidential race.
"Given my track record, the nation can breathe a sigh of relief," Sackur told The Daily Telegraph.
"Actually, given my unerring lack of accuracy," he added, "I predict the following: global economic disaster, London Olympics fiasco and plague and pestilence visiting Britain. … Now we can all relax: it'll never happen."
Sackur, 47, seemed to have the intellectual right stuff for predictions; he went to Cambridge and Harvard. But his success rate was low enough that he was scratched from the BBC's panel of correspondents that compiled the list of predictions unveiled New Year's Eve on Radio 4.