If Sir Andy Murray, why not Dame Virginia Wade?
When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,Following Andy Murray's spectacular victory at Wimbledon, David Cameron alluded to a possible knighthood: "Frankly, I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.
His Grace can.
Setting aside the many hundreds of people who selflessly dedicate their lives to public service without expectation of reward or remuneration, we live (so we are told) in an age of gender equality.
The UK's media has talked endlessly about Andy Murray being the first Brit to win Wimbledon since 1936 - ending the 77 drought. But that isn't quite true: Virginia Wade won the women's title in 1977.
She had to wait a further 12 years for an honour, and when it came it was a meagre OBE.
Andy Murray already has an OBE (for his Olympic Gold). The Prime Minister seems intent on recommending him now for a knighthood, but this has far more to do with next year's referendum on Scottish independence than it has to do with Murray's sporting greatness. This is the picture that Cameron wants to force down Alex Salmond's throat:
To be able to proclaim that Sir Andy Murray is a Knight of the Realm of the United Kingdom and a devout Unionist might just ensure defeat of the separatist cause. With a racquet on his arm and a ball in his hand, he might just be the timely A-list gallant and bold knight to defeat the Scottish dark knight, Sir Sean Connery, who opposes the Treaty of Union
Murray should not permit himself to be used in such a cynical political fashion. At 26, he would become the youngest person in modern times to receive a knighthood (Ellen MacArthur was appointed MBE in 2001 and DBE in 2005 at the age of 28).
But if he is awarded a knighthood, then surely Virginia Wade is equally worthy of a Damehood. The national feel-good she injected into the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 certainly matches Murray's Olympic Gold in the year of Diamond Jubilee, and again in this 60th anniversary year of the Coronation.
Or is a woman's Wimbledon victory somehow worth less than a man's?