Well, yes

Theresa May accused of cronyism over resignation honours list

That’s what the Resignation List is for. To reward cronies. It’s the definition of it.

Decision to give CBEs to her two controversial former advisers and party donors is condemned

The CBEs for Timothy and Hill are likely to provoke the most criticism

Just imagine the howling there would be over the Dukedoms they would have got if they’d managed to win the election convincingly.

24 comments on “Well, yes

  1. The CBEs for Timothy and Hill are bizarre given their seniority in her team and more a slap in the face than an honour, considering the junior names that appear higher in her list.

    They gave her bad advice when urging her to go for an election in 2017 but they didn’t force her to be quite so unutterably useless and to cultivate a cult of an absence of personality.

    Mind you, this is the guardian -“Wrong about everything, all the time” as my fading tee-shirt reminds me.

  2. That was actually the explicit means by which politics were conducted in this country up to and including the 19th century
    The 19th system was one of “interest” not merely democracy
    If you go back further in English history camp followers expected to be rewarded if their faction was triumphant ( the principle of lordship )
    Back further still the foundation of Western civilisation in Greece after the ancient dark ages seems to have involved a switch from a High Priest god king ..type of society ( Egypt or Mycenae) to one in which a king gathered warriors in a what was a cooperative venture , each expecting a share of the slave girls and what not..a bit like the Vikings , a notably egalitarian lot in a way

    One of the odd things about Brexit is the way that the people who did it ( for good or ill) have been completely excluded from the rewards

  3. Newmania,

    The difference in the 19th century is that it bought you real status.

    I was reading a 1930s murder mystery where a policeman wanted to really make sure that his evidence was sound against someone, as he was a knight, and considered of exceptional character. And I presume this was a real thing.

    It’s like when a government puts someone like Sayeeda Warsi or Natalie Bennett into the Lords. You’re just taking the piss. Like whether you’re a fan of Thatcher, Healey or Steel, at least they spent time in government. Making a back-to-the-stone-age eco-twat who achieved fuck all as a party leader and came 3rd in an election makes a mockery of the Lords.

  4. If you get an honour you know you didn’t deserve, does it make you fell better? If you think you deserve it but everybody else thinks it’s BS, do you boast about it? This is so unsavoury. Now about Bercow and not ennoblng him, is that OK with you all?

  5. If you think you deserve it but everybody else thinks it’s BS, do you boast about it?
    cf. Richard Murphy. Not exactly boasting but he really really wants it.

  6. Facepaint–Too much scum like you infest this nation now for “honour” to mean much. A minority you are–but a very nasty and self-serving one.

    The foulest circ here is that that remainiac cunt and EU owned scum Treason May is getting away scot-free. 10 years in jail for treason and a very nasty little accident on the way to the cells is the least she deserves.,

  7. M’Lud – a grave sartorial lapse, I concede, but my shirtmaker declined to copy a design from The Daily Mash cyber emporium.

  8. Steve: Let’s […] go with immuration

    That’s quite nice but not much of a spectacle. A similarly popular public figure, Hugh Despenser the younger had the kind of send off that crowds today would still enjoy.

    Gosh but you have to hand it to them: they knew how to do these things in the fourteenth century!

  9. How do people feel about defenestration instead of giving people honours?

    Dominic Grieve would probably say “Aieeeeee!”

  10. Well done Sir Geoffrey , long overdue. And a great response to the usual critics:

    Geoffrey Boycott has said he “couldn’t give a toss” about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood in her resignation honours list.

    Domestic abuse charities and the Labour party said the honour should be removed from the ex-cricketer, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in France in 1998.

    Boycott has always denied the assault.

  11. BiND

    “Boycott has always denied the assault.”

    And quite rightly, because it never happened. I know various of the parties to that farago and to call the result an injustice would make one of Stalin’s judges complain that I’d been too mild in my criticism.

  12. “The difference in the 19th century is that it bought you real status.”
    They still do. If you’re having a life peer or recipient of a knighthood to dinner, now, you hide the good cutlery.
    You weren’t specific about status they brought, were you? The holders of either of those, recently awarded, qualify as members of the criminal classes. It’s the question, isn’t it? “Would you buy a used car off of this peer? “

  13. Then there was the Queen of what we now call France. Her name escapes me. In the Dark Ages. Anyway. Her sons offed her by tying her ankles to ropes attached to the harnesses of two horses. Which were then driven to bolt.

    In opposite directions.

  14. Edward Lud said:
    “Then there was the Queen of what we now call France. Her name escapes me. In the Dark Ages. Anyway. Her sons offed her by tying her ankles to ropes attached to the harnesses of two horses.”

    Brunhilda I think. German, as she sounds, but Merovingian France was bigger than it is today.

  15. They’re a great bunch; full of family feuds, stabbings, poisonings, betrayals; nearly as good as the Norse sagas.

  16. In France, you are guilty unless you can actually prove innocence. In that environment a bloke can never be acquitted.

    As usual, the gushing Marina Hyde just displays her usual lack of bladder control

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