The stickiest category of the lot at the Press Awards is always Scoop of the Year, demonstrating perennially that a week is a long time in daily journalism and 12 months is an eternity of forgetfulness. So the great prize for 2016 goes to Rachel Sylvester for her Times interview with Andrea Leadsom proclaiming that “being a mother” gave her the edge over Theresa May.
Andrea who? Seldom in history has the woman who might have been PM vanished so completely in the dark tunnels of Whitehall. And, meanwhile, the scoops keep coming. Here’s Laura Kuenssberg, winning a BBC badge of honour for telling Philip Hammond he’d got his Nics in a twist. Here’s Michael Crick of Channel 4 rejoicing as the Electoral Commission finally pursues Tory election expense fiddles.
Either one could walk away with a big award next year. Except that, by then, the earth will surely have closed over their revelations.