In a year when we have faced an unprecedented number of murderous attacks on innocent people, you would have thought that the annual New Years Honours List would have been full of heroic members of the public and emergency services, who put themselves in danger to try and save and protect the lives of others. Yeah, right!
The shit-stains of humanity (the individuals who carried out the attacks) brought their evil clouds of darkness to Manchester and London this year. The pain, misery and suffering which ensued also highlighted some of the best of humanity, against a backdrop of the worst that humanity has to offer.
So there is no real shortage of TRUE heroes to pick from. And what better way of spitting in the faces of those who wish to bring us harm, than to honour those who have stood in their way?
Apparently, the honours which are dished out, are supposed to recognise those in our society who really are something ‘special’… Well, I am sorry, but, to me at least, it seems just to be a case of the privileged, acknowledging their fellow privileged. Spiffing.
But hang on; not one Police Officer, Firefighter, Medic, NHS worker or heroic civilian has been recognised in the so-called ‘honours list’. And those in Government wonder why there is such a detachment between ‘them and us’…
Its ok though, as the multi-millionaire ‘Ringo’ got a knighthood. Fantastic. Nick Clegg, the man who PROMISED not to raise tuition fees, but then who raised tuition fees as soon as he got into Government gets a gong too. Epic. Sets a great example. Alexandra Shulman, the Editor of fashion magazine ‘Vogue’ also gets to insist that people now refer to her with her new title. It clearly very important that we all look fashionable.
Jilly Cooper has received a CBE. Wonderful news. I am guessing for her services to literature for her books written about sex-starved housewives. Rick Stein has also managed to nab one as well. For helping to inflate house prices in the South West maybe?
So what about the first responders to the Manchester Arena attack? Nope. Nothing. Ok, how about the Doorman in Borough Market (London) who helped to get people to safety during the callous attack carried out by brainwashed murderers? Sorry. Nada.
Or how about the Armed Police Officer who shot dead the maniac outside Parliament who was armed with a knife and who murdered civilians and one of our Police Oppo’s? Yeah, sorry – the individuals who come up with the ‘winners’ in the ‘honours list’ must have missed that one.
Or the British Transport & Met Police Officers who took on the three vile scumbags who armed themselves with knives in the hope of slaughtering as many people in London as possible? Maybe they just didn’t get the email containing the invitation….
How about the dedicated NHS staff who worked tirelessly to try and save as many lives as possible, following these evil attacks? They must have run out of medals to hand out by this stage.
Ok, so how about the Firefighters who ran into Grenfell Tower, genuinely believing that they probably would not come back out alive again? Nope. Sorry. There is no category for such heroes in the Queens ‘honours’ list.
And the volunteers who have spent countless hours of their own time trying to help the victims of Grenfell Tower? You guessed it.
I could carry on, citing the hoards of people who are the most deserving of these kind of ‘honours’. But you get the picture by now.
The thing is, that the people who give out these awards, along with the people who decide who should get them, live in a bubble so far removed from the realities of having to deal with the sort of incidents mentioned in this article, and the aftermath of such incidents, that they have no idea of what it actually takes to be a REAL hero. They have no idea as to what ‘honour’ actually means, and what it involves.
Amassing a fortune from doing a job that you love, does not make you a hero. Risking your own life, so that others can continue to live theirs, does. Something is clearly wrong with the ‘New Years Honours List’.
It would seem that they who dwell in the Ivory Towers of privilege and wealth must be so high up, that they cannot see the real heroes of our society who live our their lives far below them, and who keep safe the foundations upon which their Ivory Towers are built…
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I love the Beatles but there are more deserving in my opinion who deserve to be honoured.
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100% agree with your overall comments and agree that most (if not all) of these people deserve awards of some sort. I was honoured enough to be awarded a CSM during my military service in Australia, however what I have learnt from this is someone needs to write these people up and send them in. Did you write any ONE of your colleges up for an award? If you did, GREAT, and I’m sorry they didn’t get up, however you will probably find those that get ‘written up’ are those that get awarded. I have written a person up for an OAM in my volunteer fire brigade and they didn’t get up, so I know it doesn’t always work, but if you don’t write anyone up then 100% of them won’t be awarded anything except OUR gratitude.