Tuesday, July 13, 2004

No Sir!

There are moves afoot to revamp the honours system and I'm not entirely sure that it's all entirely justified. Although I'm all for more openness and whatnot in the system, I see no reason to get rid of knighthoods or damehoods. Those titles have been around for centuries and don't smack "of past preoccupations with rank and class" any more than owning a big car or house. And although I'd be happy with swapping the word "empire" for "excellence" or whatever in the cases of the MBE, CBE or OBE, I don't really have too much of a problem with it. The Empire is gone now and (most of) the British people are comfortable with that; there's no harm in leaving little acronyms, ceremonies or statues etc lying around as part of its history. It seems to me that there's a lot of political correctness and busybody-ing going on here. Don't MPs have better things to do with their time?

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