STRAIGHT TALKING Cam makes a mockery of our honours system
FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER
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