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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:53 PM

New Year Honours List

Some MPs who serve for many years get the highest awards, and gold medallist too. In contrast, there's a lak of wards going to people who risk thir lives in fragile states (DFID) and military personnel only get the the middle to low ranking honours.

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Jeneral2885 Dec 2012 OP
LeftishBrit Dec 2012 #1
non sociopath skin Dec 2012 #2
fedsron2us Dec 2012 #3
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #4

Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:53 PM

1. The less deserved ones include a CBE for Cherie Blair and a knighthood for Hector Sants...

a useless 'regulator' of the financial industry who failed to regulate it at all in the run-up to the economic crisis.

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 07:25 AM

2. I long ago gave up even trying to take the "Honours" system seriously

It's the political establishment's reward for good - and conventional (Yes, Tracey ) behaviour.

If they ever wanted it to be taken seriously, they'd begin by changing the name. When Mussolini started banging on about reviving the Roman Empire, the consensus was that he was a dangerous nut job. But we go on pretending twice a year that we still have one.

The Skin

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Response to non sociopath skin (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 08:32 PM

3. An embarrassing anachronism

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They are pointless even when you exclude the dodgy bussinesmen and time serving politicians who garner most of the top gongs. For example, many of the sportsmen already have gold medals for their performances in the Olympics. As these are only achieved for winning your events on merit they are far more meaningful than any Ruritanian honours award dished out by a royal committee.

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Response to non sociopath skin (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:23 AM

4. If they were awarded consistently for outstanding contributions to society

I'd partly understand the issue. The fact is that isn't so.

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