Vetting Theresa May’s New Year’s honours lists confirmed my worst fears about the system

iNews

Will Tanner wrote for iNews about how and why the national honours system should be reformed. He writes:

“Taken together, these issues have contributed to an honours system that is increasingly geographically and culturally concentrated. Just as Britain’s elite institutions converge in London, so too do our honorific compatriots. Between 2016 and 2020, people living in London were twice as likely to receive an honour as people in Yorkshire, according to an analysis for The Times. Such statistics do little to dampen the feeling of elite neglect felt in many towns and cities outside the capital in recent years.

Yet these failings of the honours system present an opportunity for a government facing sleaze accusations as well as pressure to level up opportunity across the UK. If the Prime Minister genuinely wants to disprove Labour’s attack line that there is “one rule for them”, there are worse places to start than by reforming honours to reward genuine merit and public service.”

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