Slugger Awards final round up…

So, in summary. Best MLA was Naomi Long for her speechcraft and fluent (and combative) contributions to Assembly debates. And for getting Alliance noticed! The up and coming politician was Daithi McKay for his work on the Giant’s Causeway controversy (his one of three winners whose award related explicitly to that particular issue). Local Council was Belfast City Council, for scale and profile and running a tidy fiscal ship but also for its leadership role in the Open Cities initiative. Deirdre Nelson, one of a new generation of outward looking local councillors likely to make the jump when 26 become 11. David Gordon by proving that not everyone in the world of mainstream media has succumbed to ‘Churnalism’ (he came through in one of the strongest shortlists of the whole Awards – who says good journalism is dead?). Blogospheres are like newspapers, sometimes the best stories are on page 17, not the front splash.Best blogger was Mr Nevin Taggart, who by diligence and close attention to local affairs proves that you don’t have to be big to be clever!

The committees will only prosper if there is a culture of genuine independence encouraged to grow and prosper. Danny Kennedy was recognised as one of the best early exponents of independence and thoroughness. In a highly competitive and reductive marketplace the Fermanagh based Impartial Reporter has stuck to its last and consistently brings real news and strong analysis to its local readership. And Peter Robinson best external rep for marshalling his disparate band of troops and leaving Westminister a calling card that he’s now the man back in town. But it a very very close run thing between him and Jim Allister.

Finally kudos for the Assembly Commission who came in person to collect its jobsworth award at the end of the night and getting me off the hook for my (apparently) tedious “play the ball and the man routine”!

I just hope that future Jobsworth Awards come up to collect their prize with the same grace!

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  • It was a great night – thanks for organising. Trevor Reaney may have to give his Jobsworth award back given the good humour he collected it with!

  • eire

    Well done Naomi Long. Well deserved.

  • DC

    With sites like Slugger the chances are after all is said and done, there is more said than done. But you have done a lot for the political sphere Mick. In a political environment which painfully creaks under old and grindingly slow sectarian politics, you, however have shared: new technology, new ideas, new chances to debate – and – a belief in politics as means to change outcomes. All of this against utterly hopeless odds.

    Well done everyone indeed but more importantly well done yourself.

  • I’m led to believe that Iain Dale was on Radio Ulster talking about blogs and Slugger. Anyone hear this?

  • On Talkback of course I should’ve said. Think there might be more on Evening Extra.

  • Trevor Reaney did, indeed, handle it really well – and with great good grace.

    And I’d be interested to know if anyone has got to the bottom of this story. Is it that the commission itself is a ‘jobsworth’ outfit, or is it that they are forced to take ridiculous measures in response to ridiculous petty inter-party point-scoring? My understanding of some of the daft TV camera bans is down to someone complaining that one party got a slight advantage out of bringing a camera somewhere and that the only way to make sure that this Never Happens Again Ever was to demand a ban on all filming without permission in triplicate.

    (All of this is hearsay, by the way – any more accurate version with citations would be very welcome). Trevor will be aware that – sometimes – people say things here that they can’t be *seen* to say by posting them under pen names, though I’m sure that he wouldn’t do this 😉