Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Anyone but Blair

As reported in the Ephraim Hardcastle column in the Mail this morning, Baroness Thatcher's death leaves a vacancy in the Order of Merit, limited to twenty-four living holders. In fact, there is not one but two places vacant in the list - in which technologists, scientists and historians figure largely. Denying the atrocious Blair a place is a sine qua non, but who to appoint to block him?

Well, the waspish David Starkey must surely be a prime candidate (Antony Beevor and John Keegan may have to wait as Michael Howard holds the incumbent military historian spot). As must both Brian Eno and Peter Maxwell-Davies, there being at present no musicians in the Order. And if Tom Stoppard is a member, why not Alan Bennett? Or even David Hare?

There are clearly many millions of Britons more deserving of public honours than Blair, surely it can't be that hard to find just two?

13 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

I don't suppose there's any chance that 'our Nige' might get one?

Nah.... thought not. He's not supporting The British Establishment's policy of absorption within an EU Superstate and managed decline.

I bet they give it to Heseltine.

Peter Ward said...

David Hockney? Or is he in it already?

G. Tingey said...

The madwoman should NOT have been an OM, anyway. I suspect her maj had her arm twisted over that one.
After all, OM, like CH is SUPPOSED to be in the Monarch's gift, NOT that of the reptiles, toadies & crawlers that infest the P(a)lace of Westminster.
Attenborough? [ The scientist & TV man, not the actor, that is. ]
No musicians/composers?
That is an serious omission, that should be rectified a.s.a.p. - whom?


Anthem said...

David Hockney's already in it as is David Attenborough.

What about Lord Tebbit?

AndrewWS said...

Er, John Keegan is dead, and as such no longer eligible.

Raedwald said...

Damn! So he is - he slipped off last year without me noticing. However, even in his current state he'd still make a better OM than Blair ...

Anonymous said...

I think that the answer lies in the requirement that in order to fill a vacancy in the Order of Merit, any prospective candidate must be living.
Perhaps a nasty "accident" could happen to someone.

Anonymous said...

New Labour, New Britain.

I rest my case.

Steve

Demetrius said...

Chas and Dave?

Ian Hills said...

Youth police and crime commissioner emeritus Paris Brown.

Dave said...

Kermit the frog - they can't have TWO muppets in there can they?

Fantana said...

Sir Simon Rattle?

Rush-is-Right said...

Pink poofy playright Alan Bennett? Agit-prop champagne socialist David Hare? Radders, are you out of your mind?

Sir Simon Rattle is surely too young, so I can't think of anybody suitable. Best leave it at 23.