I was always of the opinion that honours; as in Knighthoods, were awarded for outstanding dedication and contribution to the country or lifelong achievements in helping others, but we now have sports people who after training for four years, walk away with Knighthoods, OBE’s and CBE’s – suddenly we are dishing honours out like confetti; and no matter how grubby and sleazy your past is, a cash handover to a political party not only absolves you from all blame, it also appears to guarantee you honours. It’s getting so common to receive an honour; it has degraded the position and undermined the credibility of the recipient. How can anyone compare Sir Winston Churchill with Sir Terry Wogan?
But as for these sporting Olympians – I thought the whole business was about taking part? Surely winning the medals should be reward enough. Winning a medal at the Olympics, although a truly wonderful and brilliant achievement should not automatically warrant an OBE, CBE, MBE, or any other award!
The whole honours system needs a massive overhaul.