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January 26, 2012


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Tim Cooper

The current ludicrous honours system is nothing more than a device to aggrandize the Windsor family. It visibly reinforces the notion that those being honoured are socially lower than they are (everybody). Those annointed are embraced by the existing club of self-interested oath-takers and join the list of the 'bought-off'. Subequent criminality is not always a bar to retention. Genuine endeavour should be recognised by citizens. Prominent actors, pedestrian singers of popular songs or those who have served as 'royal protection officers', should not automatically receive them. Associating public honours with backward-looking notions of empire, or this family of dynasts should cease forthwith. Honours should also not be used to create a superior class of human beings.

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