New Year Honours

coronation-crownYou may judge me a sad nerd but I always download the Honours listing in the early hours and run a check to find anyone from local government and from Oxfordshire who has been listed.  I have never had a great interest in sport and have always favoured the local and traditional (cricket in whites and hunting with hounds) over the (in my view) inflated and overpaid national sports scene.  So, I say “well done” to the various sporting personalities who have been featured and hope they will enjoy their day at the Palace or Castle.  They will have to forgive me if I sometimes forget their chosen sport when I hear their name on the media.

Having received that letter from No 10 and having to keep it quiet for several weeks, I know what that is like but it is manageable and I am sorry that the Beckham lady seems to have been unable to respect this rule.  Sorry but, I suppose, not entirely surprised.

Those who live in the political bubble that is Westminster and Whitehall will always be well placed to reward those who have supported them in their work and whom they have got to know well.  You can’t change this but I think the failure to recognise the vote-leaveachievements of Nigel Farage in winning back this country’s freedom is a disgrace.  I have never been a fan of UKIP but I think we owe them a huge debt of gratitude and, recognising that Nigel Farage drove the campaign almost single-handed, he deserves recognition. Given that he effectively brought about the downfall of David Cameron and that Theresa May was a Remainer, I suppose it is inevitable that he should have been ignored but it is still a disgrace.  There are two options to correct this national failure:

  • HM the Queen has in her personal gift the Royal Victorian Order.  This is an order of Knighthood at the higher level and recognises distinguished personal service to the monarch of the Commonwealth realms, members of the monarch’s family or to any viceroy or senior representative of the monarch. It would be a brave Queen Elizabeth who made up for the failings of the establishment to recognise the service Nigel Farage has given to this country but someone needs to do it;
  • The Liberals have 142 peers in the House of Lords despite having just 9 MPs in the House of Commons.  Elevating Nigel Farage to the House of Lords would go a very small way to correcting this gross imbalance and would give him a voice in monitoring our exit from the EU.

I am not holding my breath but the New Year’s Honours list is one short of justice and merit.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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