A little note about assortative mating

So, in the honours list. Looking at the DBEs (which is where we would see such a thing).

Three of the 12 who gain the DBE were already “Lady” summat. And “Lady their husband’s surname”, not “Lady I’m the daughter of a duke”.

Sure, hardly amazin’ or anythin’ but it does tend to support that idea of assortative mating, dunnit? The incidence of those gaining a title under their own steam plus also being married to someone who gains one is rather higher than the incidence of titles among the population more generally.

Sure, we could say that it’s just that the same sort of group collect all the rewards of the society. But that’s still assortative mating.

Not sure what to think about this:

Order of St Michael and St George (Knight Grand Cross) GCMG Sir David ATTENBOROUGH OM CH CVO CBE

Possibly that that’s quite enough? Or perhaps wot, no KG?

17 thoughts on “A little note about assortative mating”

  1. “Sure, we could say that it’s just that the same sort of group collect all the rewards of the society. But that’s still assortative mating.”

    No it’s not. It’s because they’ve joined the group collect all the rewards. They’d done the same thing given as the reason for the award without marrying into the group, they’d have got nada. It would have gone to the one did marry in.

  2. They are handing out awards to some of the bods on SAGE. I hope the recipients don’t get too attached to them.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    Good t see a gong for Katharine Birbalsingh, well deserved. I haven’t been on Twitter yet but the added bonus is that there’ll be lots of lefty heads exploding.

  4. So that’s what you get for being a proficient & constant liar? Although would have thought it would have been reserved for diplomats.

  5. I feel that people here are growling about Attenborough for the wrong reasons..

    It’s a simple fact that the is an extremely gifted storyteller, who can sell any pile of dogcr*p and make it stick with the general population.
    This is a very valuable asset for any organisation, especially a government…

    One of the excercises during my studies in biology was watching a BBC nature documentary with him in it, followed by a lecture or two about the science behind the movie.
    Then we’d be “invited” to watch the movie again, making notes on the inconsistencies, frame shifts, and plain storytelling compared to the actual science.
    And write a report on it, which was graded….

    Very educational. Teaching us the equivalent of “not everything you see on YouTube is true, and Facebook is not a serious primary source of information”.

    But boy… can the man Sell It….

  6. With the possible exceptions of Mesdames Berry and Lipman I contend that the country would, on balance, have been better off without any of their “achievements”.

    At a lower level Tommy Steele was pretty good but why honour him now?

  7. “It’s a simple fact that the is an extremely gifted storyteller, who can sell any pile of dogcr*p and make it stick with the general population.”

    You’re quite right. He has a voice absolutely drips with sincerity. Sort of voice tells you to count your fingers after shaking his hand.

  8. Possibly that that’s quite enough?

    Hardly. The point of honours is to bestow favour on the giver, not the recipient. And so they have to keep piling them up on a person like Attenborough to show each time how good they are.

    Barely one person in ten on an awards list has done anything that was not directly of benefit to them.

    Attenborough is well paid to do what he does. Sporting “heros” get awards for being good at their sport. (There are complaints that Lewis Hamilton, of all people, needs a gong. The man, even if you like his politics, is a tool. I knew he was an arse long before I realised he was a Leftie too.)

    Even Birbalsingh, one of the few people I follow on Twitter, was just doing a job that thousands do daily.

  9. He’s just a voice-over artist, and always for the same thing: more bloody animal shows. Yawn.

    At least Johnny Morris used to do funny voices for the monkeys n’shit. When was the last time you heard Attenborough put on a squeaky voice and say ‘Hello, I’m Missus Mouse. Please don’t eat me.’ Like, never.

    Tom Baker’s done about as much voice-over as him, and with considerably broader scope, but gets jack shit. I remember an advert he did for meat balls.

    The only reason Attenborough is showered with awards is because he pushes the institutional line about global warming. They are his dacha by the Black Sea while skeptical educationalists such David Bellamy as Johnny Ball are sent to the gulag. Honestly, it’s like watching Leni Riefenstahl being feted for Triumph of the Will. I used to like him when I was a boy, now I just think he’s a whispering cunt.

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