The sheer number of candidates has made choosing Dork of the Year (DotY) particularly difficult for 2015. Not that the problem is new because each year there seem to be even more Qualifying Dorks than the year before. Yet in spite of these difficulties and after much analytical deliberation, the DotY committee has come up with a winner – Ed Miliband.
Ed has achieved this accolade partly because he is such an obvious dork but primarily because he has not one, not two, but three Qualifying Dorkworthy Achievements.
Firstly we have the Climate Change Act. On 16 October 2008 Ed Miliband as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, announced that the Act would mandate an 80% cut overall in six greenhouse gases by 2050. Using UK law to change the weather of the entire planet is an act of stupidity beyond adult comprehension. Perhaps that's the clue.
Secondly as leader of the Labour Party, Ed managed to secure a clear general election victory for David Cameron, the leader of a coalition government which never achieved popularity. How Ed managed this feat is a matter for historians of comic politics, but lose it he did.
Thirdly Ed changed the rules for choosing the next Labour party leader. This final masterstroke allowed an infantile party membership plus quite a few mischief makers to elect Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour leader.
So well played Ed – Dork of the Year 2015.