Underrated: Dame Helena Morrissey

A City high-flier (and mother of nine) who is always willing to challenge the status quo

Underrated: Winston Churchill

Do we pay enough attention to what the great wartime leader actually said?

Underrated: Karl Heinz Bohrer

The author of one of the greatest German autobiographies is also an Anglophile man of letters

Underrated: Tim Martin

The hands-on Brexiteer who founded Wetherspoons and gave the pub back to the public

Underrated: A.P. Herbert

A great backbencher who mocked officialdom and championed ordinary people inside and outside the House

Underrated: Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, has the courage to tackle Islamic integration and extremism head-on

Underrated: Hugh Thomas

The historian of the Hispanic world, and champion of Western civilisation, who died last month

Underrated: Sara Khan

A courageous Muslim campaigner for women’s rights who faces misogyny, intolerance and extremism

Underrated: Mike Pence

The Vice President’s mixture of principle and opportunism have made him formidable

Underrated: Frank Field

The independent-minded Labour parliamentarian would have made an excellent Speaker

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"