So Stephen Glover’s not in the New Year’s Honours List then, eh?

It’s time to put the honours system out of its misery: With yet more celebs tipped for New Year gongs, STEPHEN GLOVER has had enough

5 thoughts on “So Stephen Glover’s not in the New Year’s Honours List then, eh?”

  1. bloke (not) in spain

    He may be suffering a case of sour grapes but “The honours system is arbitrary, anachronistic and in many respects tawdry. The flexible British Establishment may be adept at re-fashioning old traditions to suit new mores, but the modern awarding of honours is beyond parody.” is hard to argue with.

  2. “In the 19th and early 20th century, honours became a useful way of recognising and rewarding distinguished public service in the Foreign or Colonial Offices, the rest of the Civil Service, and the Armed Forces.”

    Yes. These ceremonial awards raised the status of those careers, and thus saved the government from paying them a decent wage. Let’s face it, in the private sector anybody doing a soldier’s work would demand danger money. The only way the army gets away with paying low wages* is by giving it high prestige – you can meet the royal family, win medals, be lauded by politicians, etc.

    Quite why we’d want to award gongs to celebrities – people who already have unwarranted prestige – is beyond me.

    (*Having just checked, the army’s wages aren’t nearly as bad as I’d been led to believe. Quite reasonable in fact, considering the security of employment, the qualifications required, the opportunities for on-the-job training, pension provision, etc.)

  3. “Quite why we’d want to award gongs to celebrities – people who already have unwarranted prestige – is beyond me.”

    Because it is popular with the plebs.

  4. I vaguely remember that Glover was a strident republican on the Independent. (Could be wrong here.) And Buck House has a long memory.

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