Banker Sir Fred Goodwin
The British Honours system in the UK needs to be reformed. Some would say it needs to be scrapped. In theory this system rewards the often unsung heroes or heroines of our communities. On a personal level a freind who had worked as a hospital "swepper upper" for years received an MBE after being nominated by an executive of the hospital trust. So yes sometimes the system works. Sadly many times it does not.
Such stories are becoming more the rarirty and the honouring of already over paid business men and women, politicians and celebrities is more rife. In their way they will bring trade and positivity to the UK at times however surely their over inflated salaries are enough of a reward? The work they do is rarely hard or physically challenging in the way that many "ordinary jobs" are.
The biggest problem about the honour system though, the one that the current British government promised to reform, is that it is in many people's opinion corrupt.
It allows the "old boy network" to flourish. It is all about those who nominate and those who select.
Soon we will see the New Year's Honours list published in the UK. The idea behind the honours and the Cabinet Office's stance is that it “reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service right across the community”. It is doubtful that it achieves its goal though.
It is widely accepted that some knighthoods are given by way of a "keep your mouth shut" reward. The Peers in the House of Lords are a sorry shower of people on the whole. Yes there will be some who have retained some moral backbone but most are seen as either self or political party serving.
Honours truly given by the Queen may be different but those recommended by the Prime Minster and then given by the Queen are suspect to say the least. The politicans forget that we are not as easily led nor susceptible people as perhaps in the past. We do not respect those in Office merely as our betters. They have to prove to us that they are worthy of the role they have perhaps been elected to play and sadly most fall well short of doing so.
Committees made up of party Chief Whips and other biased individuals will decide just who receives an honour. Little wonder then that for all the words each Prime Minster and Government does little to reform the outdated honours system.
It will be interesting to see who receives an honour for New Year 2013
Update: 2012 Olympians have featured greatly in the 2012 New Year Honours read more here
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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