Some would rather fret about the minutiae of the correct height of one’s trousers in relation to one’s ankles when standing for prayer.
Those prepared to stand up to “arbitrary authority or witless mass opinion” enrich public life, and we should celebrate them.
Westminster should ditch the focus group-driven platitudes. At least with Farage, whether you like him or not, you know where he stands.
Clive Stafford Smith, the human rights lawyer and winner of last year’s Contrarian Prize, is a model of principle and vision. We invite nominations for his successor.
I believe that it is important that such figures be recognised and that is why I decided to establish the “Contrarian Prize” which is now entering its second year.