Posts tagged with ‘honours’

Renaming honours

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Former footballer Howard Gayle made headlines for a second time this week for declining an MBE, this time suggesting that the name of the honour should be changed to remove the reference to the British Empire. It is important to remember that the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” is an order of chivalry, […]

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A new marquess in the House

Sunday, 28 November 2010

In 1999, the House of Lords Act barred most hereditary peers from sitting in the upper house of Parliament, meaning a departure of members with such colourful titles: dukes, marquesses, earls and viscounts. Most members of the House of Lords are now appointed for life with the rank of baron, meaning they are referred to […]

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Why give Rushdie a knighthood?

Friday, 22 June 2007

It should have come as no surprise to the authorities that awarding Salman Rushdie a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours would cause protests from the Islamic world. Of course, this would be no reason not to reward a person deserving the honour. The United Kingdom is a country where free speech is valued. It […]

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Academy cash buys more than honours

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

The most recent twist in the “cash for honours” saga currently afflicting the UK government has seen the the arrest of Des Smith, the man responsible for raising money for the City Academies scheme. Some people have asked why donors to the Labour party, or to the Academies, are so keen to buy themselves a […]

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