Gaffe of 2009
Jonathan Isaby's pick: As we pointed out earlier in the month, the Prime Minister has committed a number of gaffes during the year. But the top prize surely goes to Gordon Brown for that cringeworthy YouTube performance promising action on MPs' expenses, complete with weird smile and odd body movements. It was even the subject of the following day's sketch by Simon Hoggart in The Guardian. Watch it again here:
Tim Montgomerie's pick: I was on holiday in the Lake District when I first heard Anthony Steen's interview for Radio 4's World at One. My mouth fell open and stayed open! Steen blamed "jealousy" for constituents' anger at his claims for trees on his country estate. He said that the public had no right to know what he did with taxpayer-funded allowances. If Peter Viggers' Duck House most symbolised MPs' abuse of expenses the Steen interview did most to typify MPs' arrogance.
> Previous Pick of 2009 was for The Best Blogger.