/Kevin Maguire: The stars and turkeys of momentous 2019 for politics

Kevin Maguire: The stars and turkeys of momentous 2019 for politics

Santa Maguire hands out his Christmas gifts with stars for the winners and turkeys for the losers after a momentous political year saw a change of Prime Minister and a fourth Tory ­election victory.

Star: Bright light on a dark night, charismatic community worker Fleur Anderson grabbed the only seat Labour snatched from the Tories in an election drubbing.

Putney’s new MP is one to watch.

Turkey: Sorry but this incompetent, lazy, nasty pathological liar might be PM with an 80-seat ­parliamentary majority but watch it all go wrong for scheming egotist Boris Johnson.

If the Tory chancer gets his hard Brexit done, conned Britain will be poorer and weaker.

Star: Angry men screaming abuse at inspiring Greta Thunburg only enhances the Swedish schoolgirl campaigner’s appeal.

She is shaming leaders into taking the environmental crisis seriously.

Our PM is an incompetent, lazy, nasty pathological liar

Turkey: It gives me no pleasure to write this but Jeremy Corbyn was Labour’s biggest vote loser.

A decent man smeared by enemies, it’d be better for all except the Tories if he stepped away for good this week.

Star: Stormzy tells it straight and the rapper’s emerging as the voice of a generation when thousands sing “f*** the government and f*** Boris”. Quite.

Turkey: Unwanted as maggot-infested giblets at Xmas dinner, Nigel Farage’s sudden irrelevance over a Brexit he more than anyone engineered proves all political careers end in failure.

Stormzy is a star
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Star : I want Scotland to stay part of the UK to save England and Wales from permanent Tory hegemony, yet readily acknowledge SNP separatist Nicola Sturgeon’s success.

Turkey: The dustbin  of history has caught up with 18th-century Tory snob Jacob Rees-Mogg after misleading the Queen, insisting staff use only imperial measures and then blaming Grenfell victims for their deaths. His future is in the past.

Stars: Harry Dunn’s parents, Charlotte and Tim, deserve respect for demanding US spook’s wife Anne Sacoolas be extradited after fleeing over his death. Forcing our timid Government to act wasn’t easy.

Trump is a liar
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Turkey: Only the third President to be impeached, dangerously deranged, lying, racist sexual predator Donald Trump’s place in history is assured. Wake up, America, and don’t give the right-whinger four more years.

Star: London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s dignity is commendable when Trump baits the prominent Muslim. Like Mark Drakeford in Wales or Steve Rotheram in the Liverpool region, Khan also shows Labour can successfully run areas.

Turkey: Disgraced Tory former Minister and MP Mark Field aggressively grabbing a Greenpeace woman around the neck was nauseating. Would the right-wing yob do that to a 6ft 6in brick outhouse bloke? Precisely.

TUC General secretary Frances O’Grady
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Star: Cool and engaging when arguing the case for fairness and decency, workers have no greater champion than Frances O’Grady. One day the TUC general secretary will be on the winning side.

Turkey: Badly burned by flying on holiday to Hawaii while Australia went up in flames, Oz conservative PM Scott Morrison’s arrogance must have Aussies wishing they hadn’t re-elected him.

Star: With a rottie Gordon (Brown), parrot Boris (John-son) and turtle Maggie (Thatcher – she finds it hard to turn) as pets, new Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle demonstrates humour is more effective than a scowl to keep unruly MPs in “Order! Order!”.

House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle
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Turkey: Overlooked in Labour’s bloodbath was George Galloway’s humiliating lost deposit as an independent in West Brom East. Sacked by talkRADIO for alleged anti-Semitism, he is now Ungorgeous George.

Star: Labour’s brightest hope, Wigan warrior Lisa Nandy, finished the year strongly by arguing her party must recover lost voters in working-class towns. Please let her be leader in 2020.

Turkey: Double-defeated in her seat and nationally, Jo Swinson was the Lib Dumb turkey who voted for a Tory Christmas.

Joe Swinson on the podium as she hears she has been defeated by Amy Callaghan of the SNP
(Image: Garry F McHarg/Daily Record)

Layla Moran, Christine Jardine or Ed Davey next? Beats me why anyone wants the job.

Star: Wales women’s rugby star Tonia Antoniazzi saving Gower for Labour epitomises the no-nonsense figures the party needs to survive and then thrive. And the ex-teacher loves a pint. Enough said.

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Turkey: Nigel Dodds is a DUP docked tail no longer wagging the Tory dog, ousted in North Belfast and watching treacherous one-time ally Johnson sticking a border down the Irish Sea.

Pride before a fall.

Star : Young voters are our future and under-39s voted Labour, the tipping point at which folk switch to the Cons dropping eight years from 47 at the last
election. We oldies, I’m afraid, let our country down.

Turkey: Theresa May. Who?

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