I know we've been saying this for several years in a row now, but this year really has been quite the annus horribilus for British politics. A government found in contempt of parliament, a no confidence vote, a Prime Minister dancing onto the party conference stage, a mace-grabbing incident and 17 government resignations, all in the space of one year. This. Is. Not. Normal.
We could all write a long list of the strange political twists and turns of the past 12 months, but luckily our editors have taken the pain to analyse it all for you (yep, even Brexit). Check out their round-up pieces, this year covering the war on truth, #MeToo, Brexit, the Labour Party, Rohingya crisis, Syria, and the Mueller investigations.
God knows what we'll be writing here this time next year. But in the meantime, our Backbench writers have been producing some excellent content. In no particular order, here are 18 of our favourite pieces from 2018.
1. "God help us": Anna Soubry talks Brexit, Westminster misogyny and her visions for the future
2. Kenyan students sacrifice all for unpaid internships
3. The politicisation of Santa
4. Men's rights activists: refusing to let women live, and rest, in peace
5. Conservative Party Conference: Mayism, rebooted?
6. National holiday declared as train arrives on time
Megan McGowan - Fake News
7. Neoliberalism's role in the populist revolt
8. The ripple effect of state pension inequality
9. Is Instagram fuelling the mental health crisis?
10. Don't fall for the act: the hardline Brexiteers are dangerous
11. Brexit: What's Happening?
Dr Simon Usherwood and Natasha Livingstone - Backchat
12. Review: A Very English Scandal
13. Skripal suspects to present travel documentary of provincial Britain
Kieran Macfadzean - Fake News
14. Split Labour if you must - but do it for the right reasons
15. In defence of the face veil
16. After the strike, higher education is still riddled with problems
17. Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe?
Ali Goldman, Maheen Behrana and Natasha Livingstone - Backchat
18. Why the Gulabi Gang are a model civil rights group