Underrated: Benedict XVI

The Pope Emeritus has been a prophet without honour in his own land

Underrated: Trotsky

The ideas of the martyred pioneer of mayhem still remain potent today

Underrated: Nick Clegg

The record of the former Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister is too easily ridiculed

Underrated: Oliver Letwin

The former Cabinet minister was the modest but highly effective lynchpin of the Cameron government

Underrated: George Enescu

We should welcome the belated rediscovery of this neglected giant of 20th-century music

Underrated: Guido Westerwelle

A groundbreaking German politician whose death has been ignored by the mainstream British press

Underrated: Ayelet Shaked

The rising star of Israeli politics

Underrated: Shinzo Abe

The Japanese Prime Minister's bold reforms are now paying off

Underrated: Niccolò Machiavelli

The master of realpolitik is much misunderstood

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"