Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Oscars and Turkeys 2004

The Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) and Channel 4 will host the Oscars and Turkeys 2004 awards on 26th September 2004, which will celebrate and commiserate the best and the worst of policies, the most celebrated and the most regrettable political moments of the last parliamentary year.

Nominations for Oscars and Turkeys 2004 awards are available on the LDYS website.

Below is a list of the Awards and how I voted.

1. Best Labour Policy of 2004 (Oscar)
Increasing funding for AIDS research: Hilary Benn

2. Worst Labour policy of 2004 (Turkey)
Top up fees: Charles Clarke

3. Best Tory moments (Oscar)
The Quiet Man "The quiet man is here to stay, and he's turning up the volume!": Iain Duncan Smith

4. Worst spin 2004 (Turkey)
Real cost of Tory spending cuts: Oliver Letwin

5. Most effective opposition (Oscar)
Menzies Campbell MP on everything

6.Most welcome move (Oscar)
Leaving No 10: Alastair Campbell

7. Worst quotes 2004 (Turkey)
Oliver Letwin on his choice of local comprehensive schools:
"I would give my right arm to send [my children] them to a fee-paying school. If necessary, I would go out on the streets and beg rather than send them to the school next to where I live."

8. Best Critic of the War (Oscar)
Charles Kennedy

9. Best Defender of the War (Oscar)
Geoff Hoon

10. Best Cabinet Minister (Oscar)
Gordon Brown

Special Award:
The Frank Sinatra "I did it my way" Award (Oscar and picture of Frank)
Tony Blair going on holiday with colourful Italian PM, Silvio Berlusconi.

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