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Ian Hislop (1960-

Ian Hislop (1960-

Fighting hypocrisy and pomposity.


Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Celebrating ordinary life and gentle human feelings. Being her own person at a time when that was not an easy thing for women to do.


Mo Mowlem (1949-2005)

Mo Mowlem (1949-2005)

A hen's tooth. A politician with honour and decency.


Alia Muhammad Baker (1953-

Alia Muhammad Baker (1953-

She saved the books from Basra's Library, against orders, before the building was burnt down in the invasion of Iraq.


Abu_alala_ahmed (973 - 1057)

Abu_alala_ahmed (973 - 1057)

An Arab philosopher who, all those years ago, taught that religion was a “fable invented by the ancients,” worthless except for those who exploit the credulous masses.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Insisting that the underclass were decent human beings whose feelings should be respected.


Karl Popper (1902-1994)

Karl Popper (1902-1994)

Providing the philosophical underpinning for freedom and democracy


Nelson Mandela (1918-

Nelson Mandela (1918-

His artform is forgiveness.


John Kennedy (1917-1963)

John Kennedy (1917-1963)

Saving the world from nuclear war and establishing validity for the civil rights movement.


John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

"... the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others, to do so would be wise, or even right ..."


Roy Jenkins (1920-2003)

Roy Jenkins (1920-2003)

Curbing the State's control of the individual's freedom and promoting a "civilized society."


Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Exposing the crushing, dehumanising effect of bureaucracy.