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The ten most-read Steerpikes of 2022

Joe Lycett (Credit: BBC)

And you thought 2021 was crazy. It’s been another remarkable 12 months in British politics: three Prime Ministers, the death of the Queen, a year that began with Covid that ends with a cost of living crisis. Abroad, there’s been Putin’s war in Ukraine, China’s rumblings over Taiwan, the Qatari World Cup and soaring inflation too.

Below is a round-up of Steerpike’s most read articles from 2022, with a smattering of snark alongside the serious. In January, SNP pin-up girl Devi Sridhar admitted defeat in her ‘Zero Covid’ crusade. March brought with it Emmanuel Macron’s bizarre tribute act to President Zelensky. And September saw (yet another) New York Times attack on Britain – this time on the late sovereign. Classy!

But it’s thanks to the weird and wacky nature of 2022 that the top three places on the podium all went to completely different stories. Bronze focused on the renegade royal Meghan Markle and claims about her in a new book. Silver went to those on the roll of dishonour who supported John Bercow amid claims about his bullying behaviour. Top spot though was taken by Joe Lycett who managed to upstage Laura Kuenssberg’s new show on the very same day it launched.

Trebles all round. Mr S thanks his unfortunate victims for providing such great material this year and looks forward to much more of the same in 2023.

  1. Laura Kuenssberg’s new show falls apart on the launch pad
  2. Eight embarrassed Bercow backers
  3. Did Meghan Markle terrorise a three-year-old?
  4. Six of the worst bits of Meghan Markle’s interview
  5. Full list: the Tories calling for Boris to go
  6. Devi Sridhar concedes defeat
  7. Macron, the reverse Zelensky
  8. Prince Harry mocked by Supreme Court judge
  9. The New York Times’s tasteless Queen op-ed
  10. Why is the BBC saying Boris’s Savile claims are false?

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to or message @MrSteerpike

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