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Thread #154747   Message #3635928
Posted By: Doug Chadwick
23-Jun-14 - 05:08 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy MBE
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy MBE
- I think the Africans are all quite pleased that we've buggered off - at long last. put it this way -they haven't asked us back.

One of Nelson Mandela's first acts as President was to bring South Africa back into the British Commonwealth. Pakistan has left and returned and Mozambique has joined even though it was never part of the Empire. As the Commonwealth is the direct descendent of the British Empire, surely this shows that not everybody hates us for our colonial past.

My objection to the honours system is not with the name but with the system itself. Successful Olympic athletes get gold medals as their prize. They don't need titles or letters after their name as well. High profile celebrities get paid obscene amounts of money without the need to be called Sir or Dame. For every token school caretaker, there are thousands more giving the same service without recognition. I know several people who have been awarded an MBE for voluntary work within the community. By coincidence, they were all civil servants or worked in local government.