Who is your person of the year?

We asked our columnists this question and here's what they had to say

Share
Related Topics

 

Grace Dent: Nigella Lawson. For her dignity and strength.

Jane Merrick: Anna Soubry - today's leading centre-ground politician, when the three party leaders spend their time tacking left then right. A Conservative MP (and first female Defence Minister) who gave a passionate speech (on Question Time) about how great immigrants have been for our country. 

Archie Bland: Southampton's manager Mauricio Pochettino, although I'm biased. If he's not allowed, Malala.

Lisa Markwell: Jack Monroe, who writes the blog A Girl Called Jack about feeding herself and her toddler son on £10 a week. In the last year she has achieved fame (and notoriety) for becoming independent, vocal and a real force for change. She has a book coming out next year, drew a standing ovation at the Tory party conference (no mean feat) and created a petition which has led to a question in the House on poverty in the UK. She’s received a ton of flak from right-wing newspaper columnists and Twitter trolls, but continues to speak, clearly, for many who would otherwise be unheard. Her recipes are ace too.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: David Tennant: the roles he inhabits, from Dr Who to Richard II, make him among the greatest actors ever. He does it without obvious egotism.

John Rentoul: Nick Foles, substitute quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, who took over from an injured Michael Vick and has pulled the team back into contention for the play-offs. 

Andreas Whittam Smith: Pope Francis.

Ellen E Jones: The US senator Wendy Davis stood up for all of us this year. 

Stefano Hatfield: Possibly Mandela in his death, but probably the new Pope, who does seem like a genuine breath of fresh air, Vladimir Putin for his absolute grip on power and disdain for international opponents.

Owen Jones: All of those who fought back. UKUncut, who took to the streets over the cuts to legal aid. Disabled People Against The Cuts, courageously fighting the intolerable treatment of disabled people. Firefighters, who save countless lives each year, on strike for basic fairness. Feminists like Caroline Criado-Perez, fighting misogyny and sexism and often facing a vile backlash. The People's Assembly groups in communities across the country fighting austerity. And Nelson Mandela, a man persecuted in his day, who now the whole world is falling over to claim as their own, including people who made the struggle against Apartheid longer, harder and deadlier.

Read our columnists' answers to these questions:

What did the Government get right in 2013? And what did it get wrong?

What will 2013 be remembered for?

What’s the best thing you’ve read this year?

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Project Co-ordinator - Birmingham - Permanant

£20000 - £25000 Per Annum Plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...

Head of Maths

Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Head of Maths position at a prestigious ...

Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Birmingham - Huxley Associates

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Huxley Associates are currentl...

Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Birmingham - Computer Futures

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Computer Futures are currently...

Day In a Page

Read Next
 

Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware last-minute promises. Vote Yes.

Sol Zanetti
 

Daily catch-up: odd pub names, final polls in Scotland and war historians

John Rentoul
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week