honours

Not In The Club

So today we have seen Danny Alexander receive a knighthood and former revolutionary socialist Alasdair Darling become a Lord.

Well that is what you get if you serve the British state, which is not synonymous with serving British people, even though they would dearly love you to believe that.

So today I’d just like to mention someone who reacted to the offer of an honour in a different way…

Ken Loach Quotes OBE

In Support Of Alasdair Gray

Just a little note here in support of Alasdair Gray …but not for the reason you might be expecting.
I know he has been under attack for his comments regarding the situation surrounding who runs the arts in Scotland but I don’t want to talk about that.

Rather, I was delighted to see that Alasdair Gray turned down a knighthood (which he was offered by the Brown government, not this one).

It seems that in preference to the company of the aristocracy and their hangers-on, he preferred the company of, to name but a few, Alan Bennett, David Bowie, Francis Crick, Michael Faraday, E.M. Forster, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Stephen Hawking, Peter Higgs, Eric Hobsbawm, Aldous Huxley, L.S. Lowry, Harold Pinter and H.G. Wells.

And that is without even getting into the list of people who have turned down other honours.

Just wanted to say well done Alasdair.

I only recently became aware of this song on the subject as well.

In recognition of a hundred million album sales
In recognition of your popularity
You take your gaudy prize
From people you said you despise
You wear your self-respect upon your bended knee

In spite of all your claims
It looks like youre just the same
As every other clown who likes to put the crown
Before or after their name

In recognition of your service to the working class
In recognition of your party loyalty
You get an ermine robe
And you declare when you are probed
You only took it so the missus would be pleased

In spite of all your claims
It looks like youre just the same
As every other clown who likes to put the crown
Before or after their names

Oh vanity
It gets them one by one
Cat, religion, monarchy
But only in tale, fairly frail

In recognition of your bravery up on the stage
In recognition of your bankability
You get to wait in lines
With soldiers crippled by land mines
And you think its the Yanks that dont get irony

In spite of all your claims
It looks like youre just the same
As every other clown who likes to put the crown
Before or after their name

In spite of all your claims
It looks like youre just the same
As every other clown who likes to put the crown
Before or after their name

Their name
Their name
Their name