The venture capitalist behind Britain’s vaccines success is to be rewarded with a damehood, The Telegraph can reveal, as Boris Johnson urges a worldwide inoculation drive to end the pandemic “for good” by next year.
Kate Bingham, 55, is to be rewarded with the honour for her unpaid work leading the UK Vaccines Taskforce and obtaining access to millions of doses of six different coronavirus jabs.
Nonsense. Should be a Countess at least.
That’s also not entirely a joke. Bingham was likely to get a DBE – services to pharma industry or such – within the decade anyway. Bringing that forward isn’t really enough.
Further, it’s about time we revived those higher peerages. Revive that difference between party hacks put in the Lords to vote the right way and those who have actually achieved something. Start issuance of those three higher grades again.