There are few things around the reporting of politics worse than hypocrisy. It would be wrong, for example, to have been critical of Boris Johnson’s embarrassing zip wire fiasco from 2012 and to be now arguing that Ed Davey has brought some much-needed entertainment to the 2024 election with his bungee-cord-stretching, inflatable-dinghy-bouncing, lycra-clad Zumba sessions…

Consistency is important.

It’s also important to write about politics without being dragged along by some lazy consensus. It’s usually best to report what you see rather than repeat poorly sourced rumours not backed up by evidence. In the past year, that meant noting when Joe Biden’s actions were too often misreported by a hostile media. Sure, the President has looked old, but too often the media would conveniently frame or crop a story so that important details were left out.