The second incarnation of my blog
I have a general mistrust for the British honours system. Too many times people receive an honour for just doing their job. The worst example is the number of politicians with titles. They were paid well (and in many cases we paid for their multiple houses) to do a job that for some was quite easy and part-time; so why should they receive additional thanks?
The very worst examples and those that smell of corruption are those linked to politicians who suddenly have done a lot for society. I’m not even a fan of those becoming an MBE for services to entertainment. If you happen to have raised money for charity or promoted important causes, that’s different.
The birthday honours announced yesterday were a little different and apart from the deputy governor of Bank of England Charlie Bean being knighted (for doing what?!?), there were two inclusions that I agree with.
Secondly, the founder of Parkrun Paul Sinton-Hewitt, received a CBE for services to sport and community fitness programmes.
But… I still think the system is skewed in the wrong direction and due a serious overhaul.