New Year’s Honours Farce In Britain

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJan 1, 2022

The system needs a radical overhaul.

The Order of The British Empire Insignia via Wikimedia Commons

In Britain, we have the honours system.

This is usually bestowed on individuals by her majesty the Queen, based on selections made by politicians. These honours range from the Order of the British Empire (OBE)to the Member of the British Empire (MBE) to Commander of the British Empire to the Knights and Dames of the British Empire and the Knight of the Order of the Garter.

Well known Brits in America such as Sirs Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Paul McCartney, Lewis Hamilton and Dames Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren and Judi Dench all get to use their Knighthoods and Damehoods in official documentation and in public life.

I must also point out that Americans such as Steven Spielberg, Sidney Poitier, Bill Gates and Alan Greenspan have all been knighted by her majesty, but because of their nationality, they don’t get to use the official title.

I don’t have a problem with a vast majority of the names listed above, however, I am concerned with the consistent abuse of the system.

Over the years we have had the bad and ugly selected for the country’s highest honours by unscrupulous politicians.

David Lloyd George, Britain’s prime minister during the first world war was known for selling honors to the highest bidder and successive leaders have used the system to reward donors to their party.

The likes of Jimmy Saville, a prolific paedophile, Robert Maxwell, the father of the recently convicted Ghislane Maxwell, Fred Goodwin, whose stewardship of the Royal Bank of Scotland nearly destroyed the British economy in 2008 and Phillip Green, the man behind the collapse of a renowned British retail outlet, all had knighthoods to their names.

It would seem that Britain’s highest honours have been completely pimped out by its political class.

Why, I hear you ask?

I awoke to the news that Tony Blair, the former prime minister, whose prosecution of the second gulf war led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, is to be knighted in the new year’s honours list.

Blair’s knighthood comes with the added twist of being elevated to the Order of the Garter — a select group, whose…

--

--

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible