Underrated: Nigella Lawson

The domestic goddess never forgets that above all else she is a cook

Harry Frankfurt

The American philosopher should be lauded for his crisp counterblast to the politics of envy

Pietro Lavini

The Capuchin friar single-handedly returned a medieval church in Italy’s Appenine mountains to its former glory

Rachel Johnson

The journalist and satirist can more than keep up with Boris and her other brothers

Underrated: Jackie Mason

The veteran of American comedy doesn't care who he offends

Underrated: Wellington

The surprisingly humane Iron Duke who defeated Napoleon

Underrated: Judas Iscariot

The renegade apostle deserves better than the demonisation he has recieved

Underrated: Ed Miliband

The much-ridiculed Labour leader may yet prove his detractors wrong by moving into Number 10 next month

Underrated: Hugh Gaitskell

The Eurosceptic Labour leader who died young but deserved to be Prime Minister

Underrated: Jacob Rees-Mogg

The Conservative Party's most loyal rebel

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"