A fine example of the Peter Principle in action

ORDER OF ST MICHAEL AND ST GEORGE

Dame Grand Cross (GCMG)
The Right Honourable Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness ASHTON of UPHOLLAND. Formerly EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and vice-president of the European Commission. For services to the European External Action Service.

22 thoughts on “A fine example of the Peter Principle in action”

  1. As a general rule I don’t have a problem with the idea of honors. Rewarding people for doing something above and beyond the call seems to me to be a cheap but public way of saying thank you and encouraging others. Ian Botham’s work raising money for leukemia springs to mind.

    However the increasing trend of rewarding people for doing their jobs (services to acting, services to sport etc) is seriously undermining the whole business and I’m starting to think its time to scrap the system, except that whatever replaces it will probably be even more corrupt.

  2. For services to the European External Action Service

    ie for turning up to the job she was appointed to do.

    And setting aside whether it was a job that needed doing or whether she did it well.

  3. It’s just the logical extension of the ‘everyone must have prizes’ thing they do at schools nowadays. They’ve basically given Ashton an Attendance Award.

  4. I always assume a prefix for those who presumably received their award for acting in the EU’s Christmas Comedy production.

    So, I assume she is a Pantomime Dame.

  5. “ORDER OF ST MICHAEL AND ST GEORGE”

    They should save money by shortening it to the Order of George Michael.

    I’d award the equine-featured goshmeister her gong with a sturdy hemp rope in place of the usual ribbon.

  6. Isn’t there a constitutional conflict here- British honours system rewards neutral Eurocrat for services to Europe?

  7. The Meissen Bison – I saw Cathy Ashton eat an apple through a picket pence. Always assumed her elevation to the EU was a nod to Incitatus.

  8. The Order of St Michael?. I think the order of Lucifer and Judas might be more appropriate for a traitor.

    We need a Dark Honours list.

  9. Steve: well you could well be correct if you spotted the teeth, the silver snaffle and sixteen hands in the gravy.

    The Incitatus idea is probably sound – this would make Gordon Brown Caligula which certainly works for me.

  10. Ashton’s EU aggrandisement has created the most volatile state of affairs in Europe since the collapse of the Soviet Union and gave Putin an excuse to annexe Crimea. What staggering incompetence.

  11. Sorry Tim

    The Peter Principle doesn’t apply. It implies that at some stage in your life you have been competent.

    Not applicable here.

    A Happy & Prosperous New Year to you all.

  12. So Much for Subtlety

    Bloke with a Boat – “However the increasing trend of rewarding people for doing their jobs (services to acting, services to sport etc) is seriously undermining the whole business and I’m starting to think its time to scrap the system, except that whatever replaces it will probably be even more corrupt.”

    Look at France’s system. In the old days gongs were a way of rewarding people who worked hard in the civil service for not much pay. As Yes Prime Minister pointed out. Now the civil servants get better pay than the private sector. Why should they also get gongs? I would love horse-face’s pension for instance.

    Time to return the Order of St Michael and St George to its original purpose – you only get one for invading the Middle East, slaughtering the infidel and spreading the one true Faith. Arise Sir Tony Blair.

  13. bloke (not) in spain

    I’ve long been minded all honours should be awarded posthumously.
    I’m a great believer in incentives.

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