MEDIA Darling of the Year: Well done #PCC Adam Simmonds, a runaway winner of the 2012 prize.
Few rivalled the headlines he generated and he faced up to his (many) detractors with gusto.
Mere mention of his name seems to provoke a Pavlovian response among certain members of the Chron’s online fraternity, but it will be onwards and westwards in 2013. That West Wing of Wootton Hall really could be his by year’s end...
VANISHING ACT OF THE YEAR: No, not Rupert Matthews (remember, the Tory who thought he’d got Roger Helmer’s seat before Rog decided to stick with moules frites in Brussels?), but @louisemensch who swapped Corby for the Big Apple. Mornings (while she sleeps) are never quite the same on Twitter, but insomniacs in need of pro-Republican banter in the early hours UK time, continue to be nourished.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AWARD: Nothing could separate bashful burger purveyor Tony Ansell taking delivery of a new Bentley to drive round his Abington Park Manor (classier than the Mazda/Ferrari thingy) from lights switch-off king Gonzo – no awards would be the same without him) for ensuring that his unadopted little corner of Wootton remained stunningly lit while the rest of us staggered around in the half-dark.
COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR: Chris Heaton-Harris regularly waltzed onto Twitter to share his one-liners with us. But possibly the best joke was when he had to apologise for apparently supporting a rival anti-wind farm candidate in the Corby by-election campaign he was running for the Tories.
HISSY FIT OF THE YEAR: The Mack’s ‘click brrr’ moment when he uncharacteristically lost his uber-cool on air when the BBC’s lovely Joe Pignatello lobbed up this question: “What does that mean, in scope, Councillor Mackintosh?” Aufona never did find out...
QUOTE OF THE YEAR: “I’m truly honoured to be standing in Corby & North East Hants”. How to get off on the right foot when trying to win a by-election. Can anyone remember her name now? We can’t.