Back Room: Backroom's awards for the great, and the not-so-good

Your average politico reaches this time of year exhausted and wanting to get away from it all. Your exceptional politico waits on tenterhooks for the last Sunday before Christmas, when the Backroom Awards are published.

22nd December, 2013

Your average politico reaches this time of year exhausted and wanting to get away from it all. Your exceptional politico waits on tenterhooks for the last Sunday before Christmas, when the Backroom Awards are published.

The awards often go to surprising recipients and sometimes even to those who have been ridiculed by political journalists in their own annual reviews. And so it is again this year.

Backbencher of the Year is always a problem because...

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