Ten most read blogs in 2009

The posts you lapped up this year

Well it's been quite a year (as we say every year), so as you prepare to see in 2010 here are the ten most read blogs from 2009. Thanks for your contributions this year and Happy New Year from all at The Staggers.

1. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Is this a joke? By Mehdi Hasan

2. It's started By James Macintyre

3. This morning, I'm in love with the Tories . . . By Mehdi Hasan

4. Who are you calling an Islamist? By Mehdi Hasan

5. Time to see past the Steve Jobs delusion By Jason Stamper

6. The Rod Liddle affair By George Eaton

7. Trafigura story disappears from BBC website By George Eaton

8. Stephen Gately deserves better than this By Tom Calvocoressi

9. Is the BNP a "normal" political party? By Mehdi Hasan

10. Murdoch: I'll sue the BBC By George Eaton

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PMQs review: Jeremy Corbyn hammers David Cameron on green energy – but skips Syria

In a low-key exchange ahead of the Autumn Statement, the Labour leader covered two areas where the government is vulnerable: renewable energy and women's refuges. However, he failed to mention Syria and the Russian plane shot down by Turkey.

When PMQs precedes an Autumn Statement or Budget it is usually a low-key affair, and this one was no different. But perhaps for different reasons than the usual – the opposition pulling its punches to give room for hammering the government on the economy, and the Prime Minister saving big announcements and boasts for his Chancellor.

No, Jeremy Corbyn's decision to hold off on the main issue of the day – air strikes in Syria and the Russian military jet shot down by Turkey – was tactical. He chose to question the government on two areas where it is vulnerable: green energy and women's refuges closing due to cuts. Both topics on which the Tories should be ashamed of their record.

This also allowed him to avoid the subject that is tearing the Middle East – and the Labour party – apart: how to tackle Isis in Syria. Corbyn is seen as soft on defence and has been criticised for being too sympathetic to Russia, so silence on both the subject of air strikes and the Russian plane was his best option.

The only problem with this approach is that the government's most pressing current concern was left to the SNP leader Angus Robertson, who asked the Prime Minister about the dangers of action from the air alone in Syria. A situation that frames Labour as on the fringe of debates about foreign and defence policy. Luckily for Corbyn, this won't really matter as no one pays attention to PMQs pre-Autumn Statement.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.