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.