STRAIGHT TALK­ING Cam makes a mock­ery of our hon­ours sys­tem


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THE Hon­ours sys­tem is bust – how can it be de­scribed as any­thing else when we see the leaked list of who’s get­ting what from de­part­ing for­mer Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron?

Judg­ing by what was re­ported in the Sun­day Times, Dave is chuck­ing gongs all over the place to his mates, cronies and hang­ers-on.

Even his wife’s “special ad­viser” – widely re­garded as in fact Sa­man­tha Cameron’s stylist – is get­ting an OBE.

What for? Choos­ing the blue dress in­stead of the red one? I think we should be told, don’t you?

There are medals and awards too to that spec­tac­u­lar bunch of peo­ple who de­spite hav­ing had the full weight of the gov­ern­ment pro­pa­ganda ma­chine be­hind them, still man­aged to lose the ref­er­en­dum in June.

The head of the Re­main cam­paign, Will Straw, will get a CBE while two Tory donors to the los­ing side are lined up for knight­hoods.

Yet what are the awards ac­tu­ally be­ing awarded for? Ab­ject fail­ure?

It’s not the first time we’ve seen this, how­ever.

Con­tro­versy has al­ways sur­rounded the hon­ours sys­tem, with David Lloyd Ge­orge and Harold Wil­son among lead­ers ac­cused “rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Mr Cameron’s six years as prime min­is­ter” and all the names would be “ro­bustly scru­ti­nised”.

The New For­est West MP let the cat out of the bag say­ing: “The rea­son that we have a res­ig­na­tion hon­ours list is be­cause over a pe­riod of gov­ern­ment… a prime min­is­ter has to ca­jole and get the sup­port of peo­ple and he builds up a debt of hon­our.

“I think that frankly an hon­ours list is a rel­a­tively light way of pay­ing it off. I think we get far too ex­cited about these things. The re­al­ity is with any hon­ours list there are names that will warm our hearts and names that will send us into an apoplec­tic rage.” Quite. The peo­ple whose ef­forts that SHOULD be be­ing recog­nised are those who led the suc­cess­ful Leave cam­paign, and of course I in­clude Nigel Farage in that.

Un­like the vast ma­jor­ity of those re­ceiv­ing res­ig­na­tion hon­ours from Mr Cameron, Nigel has done more to change the course of his­tory in this coun­try than any other.

Who’s go­ing to be re­mem­bered more? Nigel, or the woman who crimped Sa­man­tha Cameron’s hair? LONG GONG: Cameron, but Farage de­serves hon­our of us­ing it to re­ward friends for po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial favours.

In 1997 Sir John Ma­jor re­warded a num­ber of for­mer Down­ing Street staff and long-serv­ing Tory MPs who lost their seats at that year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

And back in 1990 Mar­garet Thatcher recog­nised her per­sonal physi­cian and de­tec­tive, among oth­ers.

Sir Des­mond Swayne, him­self knighted for “po­lit­i­cal ser­vice” in this year’s New Year Hon­ours list, claims the gongs are

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