A thoroughly justified award or just cheapening the awards system.
kwilter...waddling less wrote (see)
Who? I think Hoy's mother's MBE was possibly more deserved
Sorry....I read the title as Arse Sir Chris Hoy.....lol
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.
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.
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.
Oh, and power to the people!
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