Honours System Debased!

#1
The Honours System, issued in the name of our Sovereign, but compiled by politicians and civil servants, is debased and made to be risible.

Why?

The grasping, ugly, sneering, champagne-swilling, multi-millionaire and hugely disliked Cherie Blair is made a CBE! Does Cameron think this travesty will earn him a few votes?
 
#4
I see some irony in the letters C B E.
 

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Call out the duty driver, Isquared needs the Outrage Bus. Duty Mechanic to have it first paraded by 0905. Duty Officer to be avail to sign the Work Ticket.

Remainder, stand down.
 
#6
Call out the duty driver, Isquared needs the Outrage Bus. Duty Mechanic to have it first paraded by 0905. Duty Officer to be avail to sign the Work Ticket.

Remainder, stand down.
0905! I know we're on Chrimble standdown, but why should the Duty Clutch get a lie in?
 
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I reckon the bus is only for serious outrages, he should tab it with the outrage flag, he probably needs the exercise.
 

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I have some sympathy with the OP's point. Giving a gong to la Blair does stick in the craw but I don't think it taints the vast majority of richly deserved awards. I also think that the rabid attack on the PM is wide of the mark.

My understanding of the system is that it's all vetted by committees and that the PM does not have a hands on say.the Blair creature will have been nominated by the usual ragbag of champagne swilling guardianistas. For the PM to have blocked it would be seen as unacceptable political meddling.

The idea that this could be seen as a vote winner for the Tory Party is frankly risible. Nobody who will be pleased about this will ever vote Tory.


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#10
I don't really see why the sportsmen and women receive awards, nothing personal but I'm sure people would be up in arms If the starting 11 for Chelsea had all got a nod the year before yet I see little difference between them and our medalists.
 

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#12
I also don't see why 99% of honours for the military should go to officers and warrant officers.
Who writes up the recommendations? Who knows that, without a CBE/OBE, that Roger/Rupert/Felicity's career spiral will be limited? Backscratching abounds - I've seen the 'system' at work on many occassions, and it's not a pretty sight!
 
#13
I also don't see why 99% of honours for the military should go to officers and warrant officers.
Because its not a Lcpl that has the authority to turn the heating off in winter to save the MOD a few pounds and "earn" himself that MBE , OBE or whatever.
 
#14
I don't really see why the sportsmen and women receive awards, nothing personal but I'm sure people would be up in arms if the starting 11 for Chelsea had all got a nod the year before. Yet I see little difference between them and our medalists.
Because Chelski are paid professionals and have lucrative sponsorship deals, unlike say... tennis pro Andy Murray (OBE) with his £100m's worth of lucrative sponsorship deals - and who has yet to actually win Wimbledon.
 
#17
I don't really see why the sportsmen and women receive awards, nothing personal but I'm sure people would be up in arms If the starting 11 for Chelsea had all got a nod the year before yet I see little difference between them and our medalists.
Because we live in a society more concerned with celebrity status and make believe lives. Nobody cares if Janet Smith has worked tirelessly with old people or disabled children. The general public are, however, very interested in what half rate pop singer will get Christmas no.1 or what loser has had an OD this week. It's a sad sign of our times.

Oh, and will the papers stop referring to these sportsmen as "heroes" because they plain out are just not. They play/participate in a sport and get paid and rewarded as such. Well doneif you're good at it but that doesn't make you a hero.
 
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Oh, and will the papers stop referring to these sportsmen as "heroes" because they plain out are just not. They play/participate in a sport and get paid and rewarded as such. Well doneif you're good at it but that doesn't make you a hero.
I suppose it depends how you define hero, whilst they might not be considered heroes but us rufty tufty soldier types they could well be heroes or idols of young aspiring athletes.

Personally I think MBEs, CBEs et al. Awarded for services to sport should come at the end of a long successful career which has been capped off with them setting up charities, coaching schemes and/or coaching successful young athletes. In essence giving something back.

Jessica Ennis is a CBE and she's only 26, I appreciate she is probably one of if not the best in the world at what she does but surely all the sporting medals and awards she's won should be enough.
 

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