Friday, 2 January 2015

On this, I agree with Piketty

Thomas Piketty is without doubt one of our age's significant thinkers, even if his work doesn't entirely stand close scrutiny and is founded on subjective beliefs very different to mine own. But there is one thing with which I am in absolute agreement - his statement that it isn't the State's job to decide who is honourable, made by Piketty in rejecting an offer of France's Legion d'Honneur award.

This blog has always adopted the convention of never recognising knighthoods or life peerages awarded by the political class to themselves unless, rarely, I also believe they deserve it. Thus on Raedwald, Catherine Ashton will always be Catherine Ashton, IPSA's Ian Kennedy will always be Ian Kennedy, David Manning (the idiot responsible for the UK's mid eastern policy in the Blair years) will forever be David Manning and so on. I really don't share their own or their peers' assessment of their worth and will not be bound by it.

Life peerages given to crooks, thieves, frauds, liars and the most dishonourable politicians have utterly devalued these feudal titles. And it's safer nowadays to assume that anyone with a knighthood is either a sportsperson, actor or crook - none of whom deserve any degree of deference or enhanced precedence. To any honourable hereditary baronets so tarnished, apologies. 

The MSM will continue to be complicit in this crawly obsequiousness because its editors are always hungry to join the club, but the rest of us are not so bound.    

11 comments:

Mike Spilligan said...

Thank you for saying this, Raedwald. I can add nothing except to agree that, as in other areas, the MSM is largely to blame by its easy acceptance of this debasement of honours.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

This particular rot started, of course, when Wislon handed out gongs to the Beatles.

But as with everything else, Blair made it much, much worse.

Anonymous said...

My question is this: How come a politician or civil servant (and civil servants are seldom civil nor servile) can receive such an award when they are already over-compensated for their work; yet a badly wounded soldier returning from Labour's disastrous forays in the middle east receives nothing - or worse than nothing?

I'm with Raedwald on this; I and my fellow countrymen will do the "recognition" of effort based upon what we see, not what some politico gob-shite wants us to see.

Coney Island

Sebastian Weetabix said...

As far as I am concerned any title other than Mr/Mrs/Ms/Miss simply indicates a pompous twat.

Anonymous said...

Ay Sebastian, agreed. But isn't there a little bit of you that craves to be Sir Sebastian, Baron Breakfast-Biscuit?

Thus ennobled, pompous twattery follows inevitably, does it not?

Umbongo said...

Tangentially: on celebrity University Challenge over Christmas, the overweight, self-loving, metro-lefty and living exemplar of everything wrong with our state broadcaster, introduced herself as "Dame Jenni Murray".

Mr Ecks said...



Piketitty (sic) is a lousy, lying Marxist puke peddling boilerplate Marxist shite.

Sebastian Weetabix said...

Not a molecule, anonymous, not a single molecule. The whole thing is ruddy nonsense on stilts.

Sir Robert of Brightside said...

Belated Happy New Year Radders - and to one and all!

Ps: I concur, stuff & nonsense.

G. Tingey said...

Can I add the vile crawler-to-fascists Coe to this list?

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir Sebastian,

You took me too seriously! The point is that this nonesense is bloody seductive across all walks of society, with the working class as desperate to touch their forelocks as anyone else.