An editor must do a lot in a year. Reading. Re-reading. Altering. Reading alterations. Doing backup reading to make sure what you have read is accurate. Performing a reading test at the opticians because you have read so much you have damaged your eyes. However, although all this reading may damage your physical health, when a piece of writing grips your attention, and captures the essence of its designed subject, it provides a measurable relief from the pain of physical dysfunction.
Many Backbench articles have provided this grateful disruption to the existential terror of my editorial existence during the past year, and here is a 13-strong selection of my favourites.
1. Michael Gove's vision of a History curriculum is wrong
By Rory Claydon
2. 2085- The Year Democracy Ends?
By Chi Onwurah MP
3. The Iron Lady
By Marc Winsland
4. Terrorism: The global bogeyman in the closet
By Jack Hillcox
5. We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
By Chante Joseph
6. Our private school problem
By Joshua Godfrey
7. Political apathy, democracy and making politics sexy
By Nicholas Byard
8. Real Reform
By Adam Isaacs
9. Why we need public politicians
By Soila Apparicio
10. Classical Liberalism
By Ronan Valentine
11. Don't make box-ticking mandatory
By James Phillips
12. A Broken System
By James Wand
13. The unsilenceable voice of youth
By Robert Walmsley