Ritual sentimentality is a common feature of New Year’s Eve. We try to give meaning to our rambling journeys through life so that we can proceed with a purpose. Alcohol aides this largely unnatural attempt to become an amateur philosopher, so we drink joyously, until talking is replaced by overzealous dancing.
How will the political world reflect on this nearly departed year? Ed Miliband will surely rue his failure to topple David Cameron – and perhaps the promises that were made by one hundred polls that he would. Cameron, on the other hand, will praise an unexpected triumph, whilst Osborne and Boris will imagine campaigns soon to be launched in earnest.
As for Backbench, we have relished this election year – the first in our history. The site’s coverage has been more extensive and professional than ever before, even despite the moments when we childishly mocked the Liberal Democrats. As a tribute to the passing of this political year, here are 15 noteworthy Backbench articles published during 2015:
1. Frank Field: A “stampede” of Labour MPs would have supported a leadership challenge from Alan Johnson against Ed Miliband
2. The importance of language in the Calais refugee crisis
3. If Labour launched an attack ad on David Cameron, here’s what it would look like
4. A Postcard from Kiev
5. Lessons for Labour
6. The political insanity of Donald Trump
7. 5 Brutally Honest Campaign Posters
8. Libya: The Greatest Betrayal
9. In defence of welfare and the right to not work
10. Confused by the election? These 12 graphs will make sense of it
11. Fake elections for the forgotten Arab land
12. Ben Bradshaw: Being principled without winning is "just self-indulgence”
13. Brexit Burnout: The prospects for UKIP after an EU referendum
14. Who is the real David Cameron?
15. 5 things that being a socialist doesn’t mean