Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito)

Every December, my colleagues ask, “Helen. Who do you fancy for Crikey Person of the Year?” and every December, I fail to answer my colleagues with anything but “no one” or “Malala, if I must”. This is due far less to a lack of team spirit than it is to a lack of belief in the power of persons to transform a year.

If we do not count the fact of my generally disagreeable nature, this is for two disagreeable reasons.