The Alfred Hitchcock Award for suspense: The Commonwealth Games Federation - oh how they teased us despite Birmingham’s being the only bid. They fluttered their eyelashes at other cities and the whole process dragged on.
Runner-up: The City Council and Unite Union who with the clock ticking down to their a High Court date managed to resolve the bins dispute
Donald Trump #fakenews award: Joint winners are former council leader John Clancy and his ally Waseem Zaffar who both blamed ‘media speculation’ for their forced resignations rather than look at their own handling of controversial issues.
The Manchester City award: Andy Street who like an oil-rich Sheikh buying a football club to take the title arrived in the West Midlands with a £1 million war chest and secured the title.
Outstanding achievement: The Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid has changed the city’s narrative with their success. No longer will we be the city who bids for everything and wins nothing.
Social media award: Cllr Waseem Zaffar who boldly announced on facebook he had told a primary school they had to let a four-year-old-girl wear the hijab in contravention of its strict no headgear uniform policy before being deluged with expert opinion that he was wrong.
The Devon Loch award: Two politicians went into major elections this year with seemingly insurmountable leads and managed to blow it. But Labour West Midlands mayoral candidate Sion Simon just about wins this one as Theresa May managed to cling on. His suggestion following defeat that Corbyn would spell electoral disaster for Labour was also ill timed given Labour’s big surge in the general election a month later.
Shakespeare award: Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn who compared the newly selected council leader Ian Ward to Brutus for his part, for the second time in two years, in a cabinet rebellion which contributed to the toppling of a council leader.
The Miliband award for brotherly love: Kingstanding councillor Des Hughes who greeted the news that his brother Eddie had been elected Walsall North MP. He said he was ‘happy’ through gritted teeth. For those who don’t know - Des is Labour and Eddie is Tory.
Brotherly Love award two: Sion Simon for the donation of a kidney to his colleague and pal Khalid Mahmood and for being classy enough to wait until after the mayoral election to go public
The bin and gone award: Cllr John Clancy who after securing a deal to end the bin strike then back peddled in the face of opposition from council colleagues and then accused the union Unite of over hyping the deal to its refuse service members. A rare feat to alienate both sides in a polarised dispute.
The Trotsky Award: Cllr Tahir Ali who told the planning committee that supermarket chain Aldi should not be allowed to back out of an affordable housing deal because they are ‘filthy rich capitalists’ and can afford it.
Image of the year: Featured the young Brummie Asian woman Saffiyah Khan who stared down the EDL at a far right rally in Centenary Square.
Flower Power Award: Goes to the six West Midlands Mayoral candidates who seemed to find more in common and got along quite well - thus depriving us news hounds of headlines packed with ‘clashes’, ‘spats’. ‘tirades’ and ‘angry exchanges’.
Worrying image of the year: Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson was running around waving knives about for an anti-crime campaign in a way which suggested he enjoyed it a little too much.
Matt Le Tissier award: Like the gifted former Southampton footballer, mayoral candidate James Burn was a star performer in the campaign but for a Green Party team never likely to win anything.
Over reaction of the year: A community group, the Bearded Bros, decided to clean up their streets during the bin strike the Morning Star newspaper decided to call them a ‘scab army’. It’s easier to be ideologically pure when your streets aren’t piled high with rotting rubbish.
The UK Gold award: Everyone loves a nice repeat, especially at this time of year, so well done to the Harborne Labour Party who managed to hold their candidate selection vote no less than three times this year.
Runner-up: Theresa May who decided to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Corbyn by visiting the same engineer training centre in Perry Barr.
Political stunt of the year: Whoever on Team Corbyn managed to arrange for the rainbow to appear over his pop concert-come-election-rally at Curzon Street.
The tin hat award: Goes to a council worker called Ashleigh who replied with grace and great patience to the deluge of angry complaints which flooded the council’s twitter feed for 12 weeks solid during the bin dispute.
Diversity award: The West Midlands Mayoral candidates . They might well have been all white and generally middle aged and almost all men. But I understand their tea and coffee preferences are quite varied.
Banana Republic award: The Hall Green council by-election where not one, but two candidates found themselves in trouble for posting offensive material on social media. The Labour candidate was replaced and the Conservative dismissed from the party.
Three-year-old with a crayon award: For whoever at the Boundary Commission drew the bizarre zig-zaggy lines that make up the new proposed constituency boundaries.