This was, in truth, a poor year for political scandals. Perhaps we've been spoiled in previous years by the behemoths of phone-hacking and expenses - and these continued to rumble on into 2013. But there were no big scalps this year, no ministerial resignations and little by way of actual results. Instead the main theme is of unresolved, unknowable question-marks: in Labour's internal dynamics, in the structures which govern the shadowy digital world of spying online, in sub judice cases where we just don't know the answers yet. This was a year of previous scandals having a last hurrah and the arrival of fresh scandals not yet answered. It leaves a distinctly unpleasant taste in the mouth.
(Last year's position in brackets)
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