Overrated

Richard Goldstone

The South African judge's Gaza report is just another example of his intensely political attitude to the law

Phillip Blond

The inventor of Red Toryism — said to have the ear of David Cameron — is totally confused about the welfare state and the markets

Henry Louis Gates

The achievements of an academic in the eye of a very public storm are questionable

Ken Loach

The grand old man of hard-Left cinema is treated as a national treasure. But his bigoted propaganda is stuck in the 1960s

Oliver James

The author of Affluenza and the darling of the TV psychiatrist's couch is underchallenged

Naomi Klein

North America’s most fashionable anti-capitalist ignores the benefits of globalisation for those less privileged than herself

Terry Eagleton

This dull idealogue's quest - to debauch the intellectual currency of literary study - has had a lamentable influence

Samantha Power

Obama's Dublin-born foreign policy adviser doesn't like Israel and may wreck Hillary Clinton's work

Steve Hilton

David Cameron's closest adviser has become a liability rather than an asset

Noam Chomsky

Oliver Kamm dissects the inconsistent ideas of the belligerent linguist and polemicist

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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