Prachett = Arise Sir Banal Plonker
The only worthwhile reward is the one not awarded. If you think of it like that the clever/ dumb balance is restored.
Folks, play nice ...
We all have differences of opinion, no need to drag it all down! (and no 'he started it / she started it / it started it' follow-ups please!)
leco (2nd January 2009)
Once again the vast majority seem to be going to Civil Servants.
Nice to see the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury's knighthood has come up with the rations, despite the fact we are in a recession.
All the cries that Labour has tried to make the Honours System more inclusive for the whole population. Sounds like nothing has changed since Yes, Minister.
Yes, I think my local binmen should all be knighted - they work bloody hard, have to put up with abuse from people who don't/can't understand the new collection/recycling system, and will take stuff away for myself and my neighbours even though they shouldn't. One guy has been doing the bins for the last twenty-odd years - now in my book that's worthy of some sort of recognition.
70% of the awards this time went to "local heroes undertaking outstanding work in their own communities"; 39% of the total are for people working in voluntary and local services. Obviously, some of those will be civil servants but I don't see it as the vast majority.
If you feel that the wrong people are getting honoured or you think your local binmen etc should get an award then do something about it. The details of how to make a nomination are on the web site and there's even a YouTube channel with more info.
I think people are just looking at the most publicised ones that the media grab hold of. Why would the mass media publish details of Joe Bloggs, the baker who saved kittens etc...? They won't. Mass media for the mass audience.
Also, those of you saying things about civil servants... technically, those of us working in LEA schools are also civil servants. As are any bin-men who still work for a council.
Seems like a lot of sour grapes to me.
Local Government employees are not classed as Civil Servants.
Last edited by Trapper; 2nd January 2009 at 04:07 PM.
LA employees are Uncivil Servants!
lol amen to that Tony
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