Turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey curry – by this stage in the festive season the joys of Christmas dinner have been replaced, in my household at least, by a determination not to let a scrap of turkey go to waste.
But there should at least be a little brandy left. So I invite you to join me for a glass as we announce the annual Birmingham Post political awards – Westminster edition.
The Richard Kimble award for fighting injustice goes to Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell. There’s a scene in the film The Fugitive where Dr Kimble, played by Harrison Ford, protests his innocence – to which the US Marshall played by Tommy Lee Jones responds simply: “I don’t care”.
Mr Mitchell had a similar response when he tried to defend himself over the “plebgate” incident. But having carried out his own detective work – and passed on the results to Channel 4 News – he’s cast serious doubt on the supposed evidence against him.
The Michael Corleone award goes to West Bromwich West MP Tom Watson. Mr Watson has led an effective campaign against abuses by parts of the media and more recently he has called for inquiries into paedophilia.
As a result partly of his popularity, Labour leader Ed Miliband asked him to return to the top level of the Labour Party as Deputy Chairman – even though Mr Watson had been looking forward to life as a backbencher.
There’s a line in The Godfather III where Michael Corleone declares: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
In a similar way, Mr Watson is once again playing a leading behind-the-scenes role and helping to choose Labour’s by-election candidates, despite his professed desire to get out of that sort of politics.
The Tony Hancock award for excellence in British history goes to Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming (Lib Dem), the only MP who refers frequently to thirteenth century charter Magna Carta in the House of Commons.
Hancock once declared: “Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain!?”
Mr Hemming’s knowledge of history, however, is much better.