It’s that time of the year when we throw the floor open to you, dear reader, to nominate Crikey‘s Person, Sexiest Pollies and Arsehat of 2014.

Last year you crowned Edward Snowden, Tanya Plibersek, Malcolm Turnbull and Campbell Newman. You were impressed with Snowden’s bravery in exposing the biggest American spying scandal since Watergate — who will be Snowden’s worthy successor? On the other side of the coin, Newman beat out Jaymes “six-point plan” Diaz (remember him?) for his anti-bikies (some might say anti-civil rights) legislation — will any of this year’s nominees measure up?

As always, the 2014 shortlist (pulled together by the Crikey team) includes a smorgasbord of arsehattery and excellence: from Redfoo to Rolf Harris, plenty of people went down a few notches in public esteem this year, while Sarah Ferguson and Karl Stefanovic won our hearts.

Will Turnbull win hottest people’s rep for the fifth year running, or have this year’s savage cuts to the public broadcasters relegated him to Arsehat?

You decide. Let the voting begin …

(You have until COB tomorrow to cast your votes, winners announced in Friday’s edition.)

Peter Fray

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