According to an historian, 1812 was the worst year in British history, mainly because the Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, was assassinated, 20 Luddites were hanged, we were at war with France and America, the monarch was mad and there had been a series of disastrous harvests.
This led to me think about the worst year of my lifetime. I reckon it would have to be 1973. The economy was riven by strikes, power cuts were the norm ... and we joined the EEC.
Personally, 2005 wasn't too hot either? Which year would you nominate?