#Slugger15: What were your highlights and lowlights of 2015?

So as we get to the nub of the year and Slugger’s end of the year review (there are still some tickets left), what are your highlights/lowlights?

  • The Donaldson Review on NHS Reform which everybody read and no one knew how to enact?
  • The SNP walking off with all but three the Westminster seats in Scotland, forcing Jim Murphy and 40 other Labour MPs to pick up their retirement cards?
  • The seemingly permanent outsider Jeremy Corbyn and his summer of monster rallies culminating in a convincing victory and a massive recruitment of new volunteers into the halls of UK Labour?
  • The Stormont crisis with DUP in out Ministers and Sinn Fein belatedly signing up to a poor version of the Stormont House Agreement?
  • The long awaited announcement of the retirement of Peter Robinson from politics?

Let us have your suggestions, nominations, or simple reminders of important things we might otherwise have forgotten?

  • Belfast Barman(ager)

    Without a doubt, for me it was the night of the long knives for Labour big hitters and Lib Dem everybodies.

  • chrisjones2


    High NAMA GATE – for the entertainment value

    Low BBC Documentary on MLA Expenses “how DARE they”


    High Maria Cahill election – there is a God and sometimes she gets it right

    Low Paris – because now we DO need to fight another war and it will be a messy one

  • Nordie Northsider

    The low has to be the P. Coalition anti-refugee march. My high would be the SNP’s near cleansweep of Scotland.

  • Brian O’Neill

    My high was the election of Jeremy Corbyn. I may not agree with him on everything but the election of a human and not a robopolitican 3000 has to be welcomed.

  • Robin Keogh

    My high this year was the overwhelming support for the marraige equality referendum. My low would have to be tge berkely tragedy.

  • mickfealty

    I really recommend using the archives at the bottom of the sidebar for this job. It’s amazing what you forget or may think actually happened last year.

    There was several notable documentaries, on office expenses for several MLAs, collusion (one in March and one more recently in November), and the Paudie McGahan story… none of which actually seemed to develop or go anywhere.

    Also, Jim Wells case at the DPP thrown out after 6 months, Bernadette Smith’s conviction and restraining order quashed, and something about a band. Was there also Cake? Gay and non Gay Cake?

  • the rich get richer

    Corbyn winning the labour leadership was good in that it exposed the many Red Plastic Tories in the Labour party.

    The Scots electing all but Three Scottish Nationalist MPs.

    Hopefully some change coming from the political funeral of Peter Robinson

  • Gaygael

    Locally. High would be the marriage majority. A really symbolic victory. Lows include the ever increasing repeated abuse of petition of concern, the increasing abuse of co option, fresh start/Hass 3, staggering from (faux) crisis to (faux) crises.

    In the south. Marriage referendum not least because of turnout, youth and working class voters standing in solidarity. Lows the traveller deaths. A national tragedy which seem so of be been relatively quickly forgotten.

    In Britain. Corbyn as the high. A rank outsider only on the ballot for diversity of voices and ending up romping home in a steamroller campaign that may have reinvigorated the Labour Party. Lows include bombing Syria, a surprise Tory majority, multi millionaires jetting in to vote for tax credit cuts.

    Globally. Germany’s response to the refugee crises. Lows, continued duplicity by the west in the Middle East. America refusing to address its perilous gun culture. Wider European response to the refugee crises.

  • TruthToPower

    Majority Tory victory in GE
    Wipeout of Labour in Scotland (hopefully a precursor to similar in England in 2020)
    Increase in Tory vote in Scotland
    IRA losing its Fermanagh/South Tyrone seat and witnessing its new MP speak and take his seat in the Commons

    Rise of Donald Trump

    Eire’s continuing decent away from God for allowing same sex marriage

    Low points :
    Tory u turn on scrapping tax credits (ie state socialist subsidy of childbearing. Want a child? Fine. Pay for it yourself. )

    Paris massacre made worse by fifth columnist anti war (ie pro enemy) protestors. The same people who wear Je Suis Charlie tee shirts but yet terrorise MPs who voted to bomb terrorist in Syria.

  • tmitch57

    High: Peter Robinson finally departing the political stage.
    Low: Failing to take Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness with him.

    High: Bibi Netanyahu getting caught out urging his followers to the polls because Arabs were voting in high numbers and saying he would not implement a two-state solution while in office and trying to retract that statement immediately after the election.

    Low: The terrorist attack in Paris; the continued slaughter in Syria; the attacks on the religious minorities in Iraq by ISIS.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    The loss of the election and the descent of the Labour Party into possibly terminal internal incoherence is the big story of the year for me. This is going to take a long, long time to play out. Corbyn et al might be fatally undermined in the elections next year, but the problem is not just him, it’s the membership.Yes, a growing membership can be a problem! If the membership aren’t seeing the party they’ve joined as a vehicle for getting into government, but rather a protest movement, they are going to be themselves the No1 barrier to Labour becoming electable again. Polls of Labour members suggest that is the case. It is a huge problem.

    It is hard to see enough Corbyn supporters being won over by a successor unity candidate, but I do hope it happens. If it doesn’t, surely some split is inevitable. But that would consign both new parties to the sidelines for an extended period. Opposition to the Tories in England would be split 3 ways: hard-left Corbyn rump Labour, centrist Labour and the Lib Dems. So the political landscape is going to be affected (in my view for the worse, for progressive politics) for many years by the events of this heady Corbyn summer. Sadly, the Tories and those with little interest in social justice and a fair Britain will be the winners.