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32,155. Monarchs give out their honours to unashamed murderers. (Royal Family & Honours & Monarchy) Royal Babylon *****
76,292. Honours for there the sun shall greet them
And draw their honours reeking up to heaven. William Shakespeare, Henry V IV iii 101-102, King Harry
76,293. He gave his honours to the world again,
His blessed part to Heaven, and slept in peace. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII IV ii 29
76,294. The whole thing was rotten. Because its purpose was mostly to decide who could have this honour. I don’t like honours. Professor Richard Feynman, interview Horizon: No Ordinary Genius 1993
76,295. It’s all the things I think are despicable: patronage, deferring to the monarchy and the name of the British Empire, which is a monument of exploitation and conquest. Ken Loach
76,296. Unlike most politicians of the age, Lloyd George never had any money of his own. And once he became coalition prime minister he didn’t have a truly national party machine to raise funds either. And so in order to keep himself in politics he decided to sell honours – peerages, knighthoods, OBEs. Now this was hardly unknown in Westminster, but what made Lloyd George different was the blatant nature of it. He went into business big and he went into business shamelessly.
But the prime minister didn’t want to get his own hands dirty. He needed a go-between. And he found one in a former spy and blackmailer and rogue complete with monocle. His name was Maundy Gregory. Maundy Gregory would entice potential clients to his opulent offices here at 38 Parliament Street. And it had a very useful back entrance. A kind of menu was quickly established. If you want to be a Baronet, in today’s money – one point three million pounds. A knighthood – three hundred and thirty thousand. Andrew Marr, The Making of Modern Britain
76,297. With Grayson out of the picture, Lloyd George’s honours racket continued. One of the nominations for a peerage in the next honours list was a convicted South African fraudster called Joseph Robinson. The Commons exploded. And the King was livid. ibid.
76,298. In early 2006, however, the police were called upon to investigate allegations that fundraisers for both the Labour and Conservative parties had offered supporters a life peerage in return for their financial support. Both parties denied the claims but the ensuing row led to calls for greater scrutiny of the process of appointing people to the House of Lords.
Tony Blair and various other figures from all the main parties were interviewed by the police over the affair. Lord Levy, Labour’s fundraiser, was arrested and released on bail. The story had a major political impact and, according to some commentators, hastened the end of Mr Blair’s premiership. The Labour party returned the loans, leaving it with a major financial problem which persists today.
Nevertheless, the Crown Prosecution Service announced on July 20th 2007 it would not bring any charges against the individuals involved. The service said it had not rejected the idea the loans may have been made in exchange for honours, but it could not find any direct evidence sufficient for a successful prosecution. Politics.co.uk article Honours System 27th August 2004
75,804. When I want a peerage, I shall buy it like an honest man. Alfred Harmsworth
38,669. Are honours really the most serious concern of this entire department? (Government & Honours) Yes, Minister: Doing The Honours s2e2, Jim to Bernard
38,671. Humphrey, did you know that 20% of all honours go to civil servants? (Government & Honours) ibid. Jim
38,673. Jim: How do they award the Thistle?
Bernard: A committee sits on it. (Government & Honours) ibid.
92,302. Son, you’ve been awarded the medal of honor. (United States & Honours) Forrest Gump ***** 1994 starring Tom Hanks & Robin Wright & Gary Sinise & Mykelti Williamson & Sally Field & Haley Joel Osment & Peter Dobson & Dick Cavett & Sam Anderson & Geoffrey Blake & Siobhan Fallon et al, director Robert Zemeckis
96,210. Dear Major-General Wyldbore-Smith,
I’m a blunt man, accustomed to plain-speaking, so I’ll come straight to the point.
What’s the going price for getting an honour? ... Henry Root, The Henry Root Letters, to Conservative Board of Finance 7th August 1979
32,647. When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It's for the Presidency. (President US & Honours) Harry S Truman
99,559. Give evidence at a Select Committee in the House of Commons … Public Bodies: Quangos: they’re looking at patronage … they’re looking at the appointments’ system. (Government & Civil Service & Honours) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e6
99,460. There’s about a 1,000 of them. There’s 30,000 people who sit on them … They’ve got budgets of billions … It’s like the Queen’s New Year’s Honuors List … They’ve got more power than MPs … (Government & Civil Service & Honours) ibid.
99,461. They have the ‘Government Wine Committee’ … (Government & Civil Service & Honours) ibid.