His refreshing direct communications style won him the support of people who agreed wages should increase in line with inflation.
But he didn't curry favour with his bosses who won't meet his demands. The union strikes continue.
2. Liz Truss
Liz Truss pronounced the Irish word 'Taoiseach' as 'tea sock'
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She became the prime minister in the Autumn; she resigned as prime minister in the... Autumn. But never has someone achieved so much in such a short length of time. Delivering on her pledge to "hit the ground" from day one, Truss seized every moment of her premiership by crashing the economy, declaring war on everyone who listens to podcasts, and getting a shiny new lectern.
She serves as an important reminder never to girl boss too close to the sun.
3. Elon Musk
Elon Musk was barely out of the news this year with his bonkers takes and relationship drama. But it was when he purchased Twitter and left it plagued with bot messages and an ever-changing verification process that he really cemented himself as one of 2022's real movers and shakers.
4. Pete Davidson
For the simple crime of 'not complying to outdated beauty standards but dating a series of women who do meet these standards', the comedian continued to cause chatter in 2022. He dated Kim Kardashian, then more recently Emily Ratajkowski.
"How does he do it?" people brayed, ignoring many attractiveness-gap relationships that came before him.
5. Volodymyr Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky makes surprise video appearance at Glastonbury Festival
Responsible for leading Ukraine in its resistance to Russian aggression, Zelensky became a well-known and well-respected figure throughout the world in 2022 and we expect that respect to continue into the new year as the war in his country shows no sign of quietening down.
6. Sue Gray
Late last year, reports suggesting some Conservatives and civil servants had been slightly liberal when it came to following Covid rules emerged.
Just like that, Partygate was born and who better than to uncover the wrongdoing and put the matter to rest than senior civil servant Sue Gray?
That's what the Tories said and for months, when pressed on the alleged rule-breaking, politicians declared we must all wait for the omniscient and omnipotent Gray to deliver her findings.
In May she did just that and she didn't hold back.
Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith's wife at the Oscars this year. Smith slapped Rock. It looked painful. Nobody talked about anything else for absolutely ages. And so, Smith became a big character in 2022 all for being violent.
There are always a few bad apples on social media but it was Andrew Tate who became the poster boy for toxic masculinity in 2022 with his terrible takes. The self-proclaimed 'most Googled man' alive saw a sudden rise in popularity and an almost immediate crash as he was banned from every social media platform going (before Elon Musk brought him back to Twitter).
11. Jill Scott
She won people's hearts in the I'm A CelebrityI'm A Celebrity jungle more than Hancock could have ever dreamed of but it was by bringing "it" home and telling a rival footballer to "f**k off" in the Euro 2022 final this summer that the former Lioness Jill Scott became a household name.
\u201cNot been watching the football, but very happily been watching a loop of this video of Jill Scott saying "fuck off, you fucking prick!" Genuinely marvellous.\u201d