I am at the IoD for the Political Studies Association Awards lunch. For some reason the organisers are keen to interrupt my meal and encourage me to blog the award winners. Here goes then...
Politician of the Year - Boris Johnson
Parliamentarian of the Year - Vince Cable
Backbencher of the Year - Frank Field
Setting the Political Agenda - Anne Owers
Political Communications - Tony Travers
Lifetime Contribution - Vernon Bogdanor
Special Recognition - Lord Norton & Prof Anne Phillips
Broadcaster - Gary Gibbon
Journalist - Steve Richards
Special Judges' Award - Michael Cockerell
A rather disappointing acceptance speech by Vince Cable who told an anecdote that most of the people in the room had heard before.
Ken Livingstone presented the award for Politician of the Year to Boris ... Or he would have done if he had been there. Instead, his Dad, Stanley, received the award on his behalf.Ken was quite gracious in his remarks until he told Stanley that he could have made the ex Mayor's life much better if he had been better at using contraception.
Political academics confirmed their lefty reputation voting the Top 4 American Presidents since the war...
2. Bill Clinton
4. Harry Truman
All Democrats, natch. Not a Reagan in sight. And the two worst? Ford and George W Bush. Quelle suprise. Last time they were polled, only 9% of political academics would admit to being Conservative supporters.