Newly-released government documents have provided a somewhat softer view of Margaret Thatcher than previously accepted.
Here's our pick of the worst blunders of the last 12 months.
Labour leader Ed Miliband offers a gloomy outlook in his new year's message:
How long can Miliband snatch defeat from the jaw of victory before the party turns against him?
Why do we keep on trusting pundits when they constantly get it wrong?
Films like the brilliantly-acted The Iron Lady can be crucial to a politician's legacy.
Liberal Democrat deputy prime minister Nick Clegg delivers his new year's message in a video recording to party members:
The coalition's economic rescue mission is not over yet, the deputy prime minister has told Liberal Democrat party members in his new year's message.
If the events of 2011 have demonstrated anything, it's the ineffectiveness of our transnational institutions.
MPs at Nazi parties, newspaper editors in memory-lapse shock and Lib Dems getting bolshy - it's the week in politics.
Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt comments on the announcement that excessive surcharges on debit and credit card transactions will be banned:
Financial secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban explains the government's thinking on the Today programme after its announcement that excessive surcharges on debit and credit card transactions will be banned:
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) sums up its recommendations to the government in its report from June 2011 on surcharges:
During the good times, politics happens on TV. This year, politics happened on the streets.
The history books will only remember one scandal this year.
Tim Yeo, chair of the environmental audit committee, gives his judgement on the government's cuts to solar energy tariffs:
Shadow energy and climate change secretary Caroline Flint responds to the high court's ruling that cuts to solar tariff payments are legally flawed:
Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins comments after the government's high court defeat on solar feed-in tariffs:
We are protecting the people of the Falklands from a foreign government whose claim to the territory is at the intellectual level of a five-year-old child.
Fiona Reynolds, director-general of the National Trust, comments on the communities and local government committee report on local planning
Greg Clark, decentralisation Minister, comments on the communities and local government committee report on local planning: