Thursday, September 06, 2012

Honours for Compensation

“We believe that no-one should be honoured for simply ‘doing the day job’, no matter what that job is,” said Bernard Jenkin last week on behalf of the Public Administration Select Committee. He went on: "The public values the honours system, and it commands a significant degree of public confidence, but people still say that honours appear to be awarded through a mysterious process by the various committees to the usual suspects they already know."

So it comes as something of a surprise to hear that sundry sacked ministers have been given an immediate honour as some sort of compensation for their dismissal in the reshuffle. The full list of Ministers who have (been) resigned from government is:

1 Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP (DEFRA)
2 Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP (Wales)
3 Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP (Leader of the House)    <-- Companion of Honour
4 Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford (FCO)
5 Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP (Home Office)
6 Rt Hon James Paice MP (DEFRA)                                      <-- Knighthood
7 Paul Burstow MP (Health)                                                   <-- Privy Council
8 Nick Gibb MP (Education)
9 Nick Harvey MP (Defence)                                                  <-- Knighthood
10 Charles Hendry MP (DECC)
11 Lord Henley (Home Office)
12 Henry Bellingham MP (FCO)
13 Crispin Blunt MP (Justice)
14 Jonathan Djanogly MP (Justice)
15 Gerald Howarth MP (Defence)                                          <-- Knighthood
16 Tim Loughton MP (Education)
17 Peter Luff MP (Defence)
18 Bob Neill MP (DCLG)
19 Stephen O’Brien MP (DfID)
20 John Penrose MP (DCMS)
21 Andrew Stunell OBE MP (DCMS)                                   <-- Privy Council
22 Sarah Teather MP (Education)
23 Baroness Wilcox (BIS)
24 Edward Garnier QC MP (Solicitor General)                     <-- Knighthood
25 James Duddridge MP (Whip)
26 Michael Fabricant MP (Whip)
27 Brooks Newmark MP (Whip)
28 Angela Watkinson MP (Whip)
29 Bill Wiggin MP (Whip)

His Grace was initially delighted for Gerald Howarth in particular, who has long been a staunch defender of true conservatism. But as he pondered, it became apparent that this is actually a flagrant abuse of the honours system: when have knighthoods ever been dispensed as compensation for dismissal? Of course, the Prime Minister will repudiate any such suggestion, yet the timing is inescapable: one would expect 'rewards' to be bestowed after a dignified passage of time; perhaps in the New Year, at the earliest.

Honours lists are usually drawn up to commemorate the Queen's (official) birthday or the New Year. There are occasional 'special' lists, like those for the Queen's Golden or Diamond jubilees. And it has long been customary for departing prime ministers to honour those who have served them in office, the most notorious being Harold Wilson's 'Lavender List'.

Some of these honours are doubtless deserved. But with knighthoods for both Gerald Howarth and Nick Harvey as they leave Dfence, poor Peter Luff must be wondering what he's done wrong. He ticked all the right boxes - distinguished service as an MP, Europhile, dedicated, loyal... yet no 'K' for him. And what has Nick Harvey done that Cheryl Gillan hasn't? Indeed, why have no women been honoured at all?

Doesn't the whiff of a LibDem honours quota rather undermine Nick Clegg's indignation at the abuse of patronage in the House of Lords? Buying off one's MPs with a 'K' is really no better than packing them off to another place with a 'P'.

And His Grace also notes that Lord Ashcroft has been appointed to the Privy Council: The Right Honourable The Lord Ashcroft PC KCMG. He has, of course, donated £millions to the Conservative Party, and has been treated appallingly by David Cameron. Honours for conscience assuagement?


Blogger GGAANN said...

Your_Grace is still able to feel indignation, congratulations. I am of that band that now expects this manipulative, corrupting behaviour. Remember the course of preferment is a worn path. Good fortune at birth, private educaeshion, Oxbridge, SpAD, Safe seat, Junior Minister, etc.. sinecure on a board in return for influence, honours, TV pundit,partisan paper column.

Mitigation will take the form of open primaries and fixing a maximum amount of trough time, (MP max eight years, Minister, max 12 years, Leader max 16 years) This way the "troughers" will have to have a real job before "serving" or after being in office. If they truly want to achieve something they had better get on with it.

(Dose of Black Dog from listening to the breathless teenager Clegg on R4Today this morning - God help us.)

6 September 2012 at 09:09  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

Is there any honour among thieves?

6 September 2012 at 09:16  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Those with a conscience could always do a Yasmin (who did it for anti-imperial grandstanding points but not before Benjamin Zephaniah returned his) and send the honours back.


6 September 2012 at 09:46  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

"when have knighthoods ever been dispensed as compensation for dismissal?"

Exactly my thought this morning and thank you for raising it.

I think the whole honours system should be scrapped for some years so we can stop congratulating ourselves and others so much, when in reality we are facing an economic and potential social crisis of massive proportions - and reintroduce it at a future date when we have again learned it's true meaning.

6 September 2012 at 09:50  
Blogger bluedog said...

And there was Dave at the Olympics talking about prizes only going to the winners.

6 September 2012 at 10:13  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

"Doesn't the whiff of a LibDem honours quota rather undermine Nick Clegg's indignation at the abuse of patronage in the House of Lords? Buying off one's MPs with a 'K' is really no better than packing them off to another place with a 'P'." Tis a veritable stench breezing through Westminster and across a suffering nation right up to Heaven.

As with Lord Prescott of Gluttony, any means to be a hypocrite can be justified with the right..or should that be left?..twist of an ideological charter that says 'do as I say not as I do'.

Ernst has ssen new parking bays being established that demand that all vehicle plates be input or no ticket is given, thereby removing the rare generosity of the car owner who has overpaid, as these machines dispense no change, cannot pass on his ticket to another as a kindness?
These acts can appear a rarity amongst us but shows the odd person that kindness and consideration for others has not quite died but with local government assistance, it can be buried quickly so little by little, thought for others dies completely. A Nation's conscience is never killed immediately but seen done in little steps until it lies a corpse.

How long must we suffer this corrupt generation of political nobodies dressed up as somebodies, who, if we challenge them, we are summarily dismissed as bigots or hatemongers. Ernst weeps for us all.

E S Blofeld

6 September 2012 at 10:50  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Your Grace


Love the pic.

Is that Onli One Queenobi with the blue light saber in hand.?? Would it not be wonderful if outgoing governments were made to kneel but not dubbed as the ultimate 'honour' of their failings us. May the Spirit be with us.

E S Blofeld

6 September 2012 at 11:32  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

Seems pretty fair - if they worked in the City they would get a nice fat pay off for not being very good at their jobs.

Rather novel to see the words Honourable and Ashcroft in such close proximity.

6 September 2012 at 12:25  
Blogger Dainase said...

Bernard Jenkin's comment concerning the award of honours made me somewhat irritated, albeit not to the same degree as the release of the gongs list itself and the ongoing circle of self-congratulation by the pigmies in power.

For some people, 'doing the day job no matter what the job is' consists of manifold personal sacrifices. For some people, it requires levels of commitment and effort and brings achievements to communities and tangible benefits to the economy. For some people, it requires years of dedication, learning and resilience. For them, to be told they're not worth recognition by a Poundland parliamentarian would be deeply insulting if they were bothered as to kneel before Her Majesty is not their raison d'etre. But it speaks volumes of how the bestowment of titles within the prism of Westminster and Whitehall to little people in big jobs has eroded the honours system so badly.

6 September 2012 at 15:02  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

The systems reputation is in tatters, they have to massage their egos somehow

Leave them to their fantasy, the rest of us have real matters to deal with

6 September 2012 at 16:43  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

This is what we find, Eminence. Some honours and titles are completely undeserved.

The Inspector would like far more honesty in the citations…

For a short and lacklustre tenure as a minister of the crown, as which you’ll never serve again…

For the betrayal of your country, her wonderful heritage and culture, for thirty pieces of silver a year…

For glorious self enrichment of yourself, inevitably at a high cost to others including the tax payer…

For ruthless self ambition, including the throwing off of others while climbing the greasy pole…

For endearing yourself with the homosexual community and pandering to their bizarre and immoral demands…

For visiting bored sick children in hospital and generally playing the big “I am” while there…

For nightly fornicating, kicking a ball around a field during the day, receiving millions for that, and having the nerve to claim you ‘earned’ it…

For engaging in adulterous affairs, playing the damn clown, and for giving people false hope in as much as they think they know what you are about…

For serving as a somewhat prudent chancellor, and then, on becoming prime minister, slamming into reverse, and leaving debts that will still be around in our children’s children’s childrens’ lifetime…

6 September 2012 at 17:51  
Blogger John Magee said...



You forgot drug crazed rock stars smashing guitars on stage, banging their heads on the floor, and spewing filthy lyrics while rubbing their crotches.

It's sad to compare the calbre of a large percentage of the people knighted today to the Empire Builders, great inventors, explorers, scientists, and war heros given that honor in the past.

"Toto, I don't think we're in Britian anymore"

6 September 2012 at 19:30  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Good man, Magee, them people too have had their ‘worth’ recognised. There used to be a simple decoration for honest people in the UK, available to ‘the other ranks’. It disappeared many years ago but has recently been revived. The British Empire Medal (BEM) no less. Recipients of that included bin men doing 50 years, long serving nurses, school crossing attendants, that kind of thing...

Now, the interesting thing about that gong is that you had to have done something of merit or worth, to get it. Just being somebody wasn’t enough. Should this man ever be awarded it for his day job, he’ll make damn sure you’ll all know about, and wear the thing daily...

6 September 2012 at 19:50  
Blogger len said...

There is a quite well defined line between' them 'and 'us'.
'Them'being what was one known as the 'Establishment'who look after their own regardless of their competence or even their integrity(a very old fashioned word in today`s cut throat World).
Politicians are mostly just 'front men'somewhat like second hand car salesman who job is to sell you whatever they have in their 'showroom('good or bad.)The' real work'in Government is done by civil servants.

It seems to be dawning on our Coalition that they are destroying their' golden goose('otherwise known as 'our economy)'and need to ensure that it keeps a steady flow of money into their bank accounts so get ready for a few U turns as they try to halt our plunging economy.

6 September 2012 at 20:23  
Blogger Justo Xjustice said...

which WORLD-VIEW will not exist, sh*thead?


5000 whining atheists vs the Great Prophet

how the divine pen of Michel N. crushed the international atheist movement

one applicant right here…

get the POINT, Randi….

7 September 2012 at 01:44  
Blogger John Magee said...


A long time ago I read a quote about Gandi that always makes me smile when I see leftist protestors who pretend they are part of the vast unwashed multitudes they in fact loath and keep as far away from as possible.

I smiled a lot last year during the "Occupy Wall Street" movement watching these clowns on cable TV news in the USA and their clones in Britain and Europe take over private property and public parks for months and getting money from somewhere, never defined, and not have to ever go to work. Some of them could even afford catered meals sent to their tents in parks from expensive restaurants. No beans on toast for these wealthy Marxists!

During the 1930's a reporter asked Gandi's male private secretary how Gandi could afford to stay at the best hotels and eat at the finest restaurants (let's hope he ate vegetarian meals and never ate steak!) in the cities he visited in the West while promoting his message of pacifism and non violence with his pet goat at his heels with Gandi draped in a white sheet with his cane in his hand telling his followers about the nobility of pacifism and living the "simple life". Gandi's secretary replied to the reporter's question: "It takes a lot of money to make Gandi look poor"... Yes, it takes a lot of money to be a Maxist today and a revolutionary poseur and never have to work while they want to tear down the system that enables them to live a carefree life and hate the system their parents were able to thrive in and become wealthy so their brats could pretend to be for the proletariat and promote revolution while using mommy and daddy's credit cards to make being a revolutionary in 2012 as comfortable as possible.

7 September 2012 at 04:34  
Blogger The Half-Blood Welshman said...

"when have knighthoods ever been dispensed as compensation for dismissal?"

Ever since they were invented, Your Grace. The entire honours system as it now stands was designed to stop sacked functionaries spitting fur and generally making trouble for the Crown when they were removed by making it appear they should be grateful for largesse. By carefully bolting it on to the older feudal system of the chivalric orders, the Tudors (who came up with the idea) made it look as though it was an extension of the nobility rather than a way of shutting up disappointed placemen.

Actually, however, it applies even more to peerages, a system that dates from the extension of cabinet government in the early eighteenth century. We may refer to the phrase 'kicked upstairs', i.e. granting a peerage to an outgoing minister, which dates from this time. It conveniently put the new peer out of the House of Commons, made them into part of an elite, which most of them wanted to be part of, and also obliged them to spend fortunes trying to maintain their new-found position which either got them into colossal amounts of debt or consumed their time in a desperate search for money - or, ideally, both. This conveniently stopped them plotting and sniping at their former friends and making life generally difficult for the government. And that held good until at least the 1980s.

Some random examples may be found in Lord Swinton (1950s) the Marquis of Leeds (1780s) Robert Cecil (1920s) Viscount Halifax (1940s). I'm sure your communicants can think of many others.

Gracious me, I am feeling cynical this morning!

7 September 2012 at 10:28  
Blogger Old Blue Eyes said...

Some years ago I approached my local Labour MP to seek his help in obtaining an honour for someone who, for 30 years, had led the society to which I belonged. I spent a lot of time putting together a detailed case that included the fact that he had, during those 30 years, declined to accept any remuneration. My approach to the MP was dismissed with the words " I don't believe in the honours system*. Some years later the man who didn't believe in the honours system took his place in the House of Lords.

7 September 2012 at 15:59  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

You have them sussed John. And of course, during the St Pauls occupation, there were lots of going home to mummy and daddy for a wash, a good feed, and a good night’s sleep. We found that out from thermal image cameras a British newspaper scanned the tents with at midnight.

Dashed hard work you know, trying to bring down the system that so favoured your parents it enabled you to live in London, and not have to work, well, at least for a few years while you ‘find yourself’.

Then of course, there’s the disruption to the party scene. A young fellow or gal needs to network you know. Difficult to meet other ‘revolutionaries’ without socially gathering.

Most cruelly of all though, was the postponement of the ‘gap yar’ when these types fly out to the far east to live like princes amongst ‘wonderfully poor foreign people who have a much better approach to life than us, you know !’

Still, no noise from our pretend Marxist darlings here of late, so one can safely assume they are there now, fornicating and drug taking on some beach in Vietnam or some other unlucky country in the region…

7 September 2012 at 16:56  
Blogger John Magee said...


The common denominator Marx, Engels, Lenin, and other elitist revolutionaries from the past have in common with their modern counterparts since the social upheaval of the late 1960's is they never had a job and they hate the idea of manual labor, the toil of an everyday job the rest of us must go through life doing, and having to deal on a daily basis with the common people they supposedly care so much about.

We see this attitude here with leftists and a few others who consider themselves a chosen people. They imagine they love the common people in theory but in practice they loath them and consider them dull uneducated clods who need to be lectured about how and what they should think and absorb the light of knowledge from these know-it-alls.

It's always amused me how people, especially leftists, can go on cheap vacations to places like Cuba or Viet Nam and stay at special hotels that are off limits to the natives and enjoy luxuries and eat food the common people in those Communist countries can only dream about.

While Canadian and European tourists in Cuba eat their wonderful meals at their segragated hotels in Havana here is how food is rationed in Cuba for the common people:

Rationing in Cuba:

Meat products are distributed separately, if available, following a different rationale. These are distributed each 15 days, and usually rotate (that is, the product type changes on each delivery). Fish, beef, ground beef (usually mixed with soy), chicken, sausages and ham fall in this category. Quantities, and prices, differ for each meat product (beef, ½ lb/person each 15 days, whereas chicken is 1 lb/person each 15 days).

It must be said that distribution is not always prompt, and product delivery is frequently delayed (for example, if one month there were no beans to distribute, they usually cumulate for next month, although this is not always the case).[citation needed] Such delays are most evident in beef distribution. The fact that products are not available at the bodega always, but arrive in a more or less random manner, creates long queues when products arrive, which sometimes makes buying the products a quite lengthy process. So, this required a mechanism to be invented so that people with special needs, such as old persons and pregnant women, had precedence on the queue. This mechanism became known as Plan Jaba. Jaba or Java is a word for a flexible basket or bag taken from the vocabulary of Neo-Taino nations and originally was made of dried woven strips from palm fronds.

It was estimated in the early 2000s that the rationing covered between one third and one half of a family's needs.


7 September 2012 at 18:22  
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7 September 2012 at 23:00  

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