Arise Sir Chris Hoy.

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31/12/2008 at 07:52

A thoroughly justified award or just cheapening the awards system.


kittenkat    pirate
31/12/2008 at 08:06
I'm undecided how I feel about it.
31/12/2008 at 08:37
I'm not undecided. I think it's ridiculous.
kittenkat    pirate
31/12/2008 at 08:45
Nick Macpherson was knighted too. That hasn't gone down well!
31/12/2008 at 08:52
Who? I think Hoy's mother's MBE was possibly more deserved
31/12/2008 at 09:01
Is this serious??

They'll be routinely knighting the winner of "Celebrity Big Brother" next...
kittenkat    pirate
31/12/2008 at 09:04
kwilter...waddling less wrote (see)
Who? I think Hoy's mother's MBE was possibly more deserved

kittenkat    pirate
31/12/2008 at 09:05
Terry Pratchett - hurrah!
31/12/2008 at 09:07

Sorry....I read the title as Arse Sir Chris

31/12/2008 at 09:58

The whole honours system is anachronistic. But if the state is going to hand out gongs, it should do so to unsung heroes who do good things for many years. Not to retired Civil Servants and politicians as perks of the job, and not to high-profile entertainment and sports figures who already have plenty of reward and recognition (unless they also happen to do lots of behind-the-scenes charidee and other good works, but then for a lifetime's achievements).

Much as I admire Hoy and Adlington and Hamilton etc, they have recognition and adulation enough already. The honours system should not be dictated by who is flavour of the month.

The only exception I'd make in all this is Ellie Simmons, who imho is thoroughly deserving.

31/12/2008 at 10:14
Agree with Muttley
kittenkat    pirate
31/12/2008 at 10:17
What makes Ellie Simmons more deserving??
31/12/2008 at 10:26

There was an interview with Terry Pratchet on R4 - as ever, he came across very well.

I am excited as my friend had been made a dame. She has certainly worked very hard to get where she is.

31/12/2008 at 10:27
What makes Ellie Simmons more deserving is her youth and the paralympic factor, imho.
31/12/2008 at 10:39

The whole lousy system is an integral part of the patronage process which props up the class system in this country.

Awards to sport stars and entertainment personalities are a sop to the proles, who watch the pretty colours while the system goes on grinding out "honours" to civil service time servers, political placemen and political party "contributors".

You'll probably gather I'm not a fan.

31/12/2008 at 10:41

Oh, and power to the people!

31/12/2008 at 10:42
And why won't RW put my new avatar on?
31/12/2008 at 10:48
Because the mafia and the british class system, which jointly control the internet, won't let them, of course!
31/12/2008 at 10:49
Those mafia-shagging toffs!
31/12/2008 at 11:13
I think getting a honor in a nice thing but for riding a glorified trade bike! your joking!
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