Fraser Nelson was my 2009 person of the year. He was often a courageous lone voice, which is a key reason why he got my vote.
The chief personal characteristic that I look for in choosing person of the year is courage. Courage is a rare commodity. It means overcoming fear, which so often debilitates. Courage is taking a measured risk, not a careless risk.
I imagine you’ll not be surprised when I make David Cameron my 2010 person of the year.
I do so for a number of reasons. Primarily for the courage in forging a coalition government. Not easy to give up on a party’s sole grip on power. Although the other reasons are just as important, which are to have brought order and balance back to the office of Prime Minister. No longer do we blanch at the bullying, rudderless, and chaotic Brown government, nor the vanity and self-awareness of Tony Blair. Cameron seems made for the role.
Cameron’s joint press pre-Christmas press conference with Nick Clegg was a clincher, an accomplished performance. As they always say about leaders, be in it in sport or elsewhere, they have headroom. They make it all seem easy, and you know that they’ve more to give when required. In a complex and interconnected world this is a vital attribute.