I would have nominated him five years ago if I was blogging then, but I cannot go past Nelson Mandela.
His dignity, restraint and honesty is a good example to us all. His son has just died of Aids. How much can be put on one person to bear? He has refrained for speaking the obvious about his ex wife.
I will cynically add, lucky he was locked up for so long and did not have a chance to blot his copybook.
Unsung proffesions of the year, parking officers and real estate agents. They are both hated, but one of them does an honourable job. Book 'em Danno. They deserve it.