Look Left – Look back at the year

Shamik Das presents Left Foot Forward’s progressive of the year, regressive of the year, and our 10 most read stories of the year 2011.

 

Many thanks to everyone who voted in our poll for progressive and regressive of the year 2011, and for completing our readers’ survey to find out more about who reads the site.

This enables us to attract advertisers – the only reason why, along with the donations we receive, we can continue to run the blog. By completing the survey you are helping us immensely. Thanks again!

Right, to the results…

Progressive of the year:

Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green party. Caroline, in addition to her party’s primary mission on the environment, has taken the lead on tackling the scandal of the rich and super-rich avoiding and evading tax, an issue back in the headlines this week with the exposing of HMRC’s deals with big businesses.

In March, she tabled a new Tax and Financial Transparency Bill in Parliament, saying urgent measures were needed to stop companies that are formally dissolved from trading fraudulently and undermining honest businesses who pay their taxes. More here and here.

In joint second place were shadow chancellor Ed Balls MP and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, with 9.1% of the vote.

Regressive of the year:

Nadine Dorries MP, anti-abortion, anti-Europe, anti-progress. Where to begin? First, on her fundamentalist anti-abortion crusade, see here, our look at the costs and consequences of her plans to restrict women’s reproductive rights, and see here for a look at where this slippery slope leads; and on her swivel-eyed Euroscepticism, look at Sir Malcolm Rifkind take her simplistic, isolationist, anti-European arguments apart. Priceless!

Joint runners-up were Mayor of London Boris Johnson and News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, on 9.3% of the vote.

Finally this week, here is a list of the ten most read articles of 2011:

10. A crowd psychology analysis of the riots, Clifford Scott, August 9th.

9. The madness of Ken’s attack on Obama, Shamik Das, May 4th.

8. The BA cabin crew dispute: the view from the shop floor, Anonymous, January 10th.

7. Busted: Four myths about today’s strike, Alex Hern, November 30th.

6. John Humphrys is wrong, wrong, wrong on social security: Here’s why, Declan Gaffney, October 27th.

5. Mail and Telegraph pull anti-tax-dodging ads, Shamik Das, January 4th.

4. The nasty campaign: The No2AV campaign stoops to a new low, Will Straw, February 22nd.

And the top three:

3. How to write a Richard Littlejohn column, Dominic Browne, March 22nd.

2. Hillsborough ‘Thatcher Briefings’ will bring truth a step closer, Kevin Meagher, August 25th.

1. Gaddafi has underscored the new paradigm; Who’s next? Luke Bozier, October 20th.

Over the Christmas break we will have videos, 2012 previews and more, with a full service resuming on Tuesday, January 3rd.

From myself, Dan, Will and Alex, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year! See you in 2012…

36 Responses to “Look Left – Look back at the year”

  1. Mr. Sensible

    Yep, you could certainly make a case for each of those.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  2. Lynton North

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  3. Julia O'Dwyer

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  4. Elwyn Sharps

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  5. A. M. Poppy

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  6. Kieran Harley

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  7. Rob Jarrett

    Caroline Lucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/SzdCzpch

  8. Shakti Shah

    Look Left – Look back at the year: //t.co/n3Fni96a – @ShamikDas with our progressive, regressive and top 10 stories of 2011

  9. Bill Linton

    Caroline Lucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/SzdCzpch

  10. TheCreativeCrip

    WOOP!! Best news for me in ages!! RT @camdengp: @CarolineLucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/NYHs46i0

  11. The Dragon Fairy

    WOOP!! Best news for me in ages!! RT @camdengp: @CarolineLucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/NYHs46i0

  12. Oxfordshire Greens

    Caroline Lucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/SzdCzpch

  13. Lindakaucher

    Caroline Lucas has delberately covered up the imminent EU/India Free Trade Agreement that will devastate workers here. She had the privileged position not only of being an MEP but of sitting on the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee for years.

    She is aware of the EU’s Mode 4 commitment as the central plank of that agreement, allowing Indian firms (do not need to be multinationals) to send workers into the EU, but mostly the UK, without numerical limits or labour market tests.

    The UK public have only their supposedly representative MEPs who sit on the International Trade Committee, to inform them of these secretive developments. But she definitively refused to do so before the election (lots of no-borders types in Brighton) and has failed to do so since.

    She is not alone. There are also UK Labour, Tory, UKIP, UKIP turned Tory MEPs on that committee. All have kept schtum on this deal and on Mode 4. So has the BBC’s top economics and business journalists, and the FT, the Times, and the Guardian, the parliamentary committee on BIS, Cameron, Cable, Clegg, Peter Mandelson who initatied this Agreement, and the Labour Party.

    But others are not being nominated for their good work.

  14. Richard Lawson

    WOOP!! Best news for me in ages!! RT @camdengp: @CarolineLucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/NYHs46i0

  15. Walsall & Wolves GP

    WOOP!! Best news for me in ages!! RT @camdengp: @CarolineLucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/NYHs46i0

  16. Birmingham Clarion

    WOOP!! Best news for me in ages!! RT @camdengp: @CarolineLucas is Left Foot Forward readers' Progressive of the Year: //t.co/NYHs46i0

  17. Benjamin

    Well done Caroline Lucas, completely deserved and justified.

  18. Aidan Neill

    that littlejohn article was absolutely genius. laugh out loud stuff.

  19. Panda

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