Dec 13, 2013

2013 Crikeys: pick our person / arsehat of the year

It's that time of the year again, when Crikey readers get to decide who is our Person of the Year -- and our Arsehat of the Year.

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

It’s been a big year. The federal election threw Labor out of power and brought the arrival of the enigmatic parliamentary force that is Clive Palmer, while internationally there’s been a focus on how governments spy on people. New leaders in Iran and the Vatican have ushered in change welcomed by many. And the year has posted its share of whopping mistakes, trials and tragedies, from celebrity twerkers to inappropriately “supplemented” AFL footballers and Tea Party warriors intent on grinding the US economy to a halt.

Welcome to the 2013 Crikeys, where you’re the judge on who should be crowned Crikey’s Person of the Year and Arsehat of the Year. We’ve scoured the globe for the people who changed things for the better in 2013 — whether that’s in politics, business, sport or entertainment — and the people who really stuffed things up. The nominations are …

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28 thoughts on “2013 Crikeys: pick our person / arsehat of the year

  1. Anon

    Deadheat between Snowden and Rouhani for person of the year. Cruz and Assad are close for ‘arsehat’, but you’ve got to hand it to Campbell Newman.

  2. barbs

    How the hell do you vote?????

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    No Scott Morrison for Arsehat?

  4. Cathy Alexander

    Hi barbs, here’s the link so you can vote (it’s hyperlinked at the end of the story):

    If that doesn’t work, let me know and we’ll find another way so you can cast your ballot.

  5. Sharkie

    I nominate Alexander Downer / George Brandis for Arsehat duo of the year. Their behaviour royally screwing Timor Leste is one for the ages.

  6. Alystra

    Surely the description for Peter Fox as person of the year applies equally to Joanne McCarthy (except the policeman bit). I suggest a joint nomination for their (combined)stirling work.

  7. ianjohnno

    Spoiled for choice. Perhaps in future we can have separate contests for domestic and international.

  8. Zeke

    Where’s Christopher Pyne in the list of nominees for Arsehat of the year? I still can’t get over the irony of him being appointed Minister for Education.

  9. klewso

    “The Mincer for Medication”?

  10. TheFamousEccles

    Dead-heat between Fox and Snowden for Person of the Year. Far too much choice for the Arsehat crown, I agree with Sharkie though. Downer and Brandis are a laydown mesaire (spelling?), with the Poodle yapping at their heels.

    The merest thought of Downer and/or the Poodle can change my mood from happy to wanting to break stuff. Grrr, where’s the tranquiliser darts?

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