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The UK honours system is an opportunity to recognise individuals that have made either a significant contribution to public life or remarkable personal achievement.
The majority of the these honours were created recently but some date back to a much earlier time, in the case of The Most Noble Order of the Garter 23rd April 1348.
A list of approximately 1300 names is published twice a year, New Year and on the date of the Sovereigns official Birthday. Candidates are identified by public and private bodies, by government departments and by the Public. Those proposed are then subjected to scrutiny. The Sovereign also awards particular honours at their own discretion.
The Prime Minister also has the power by convention to make nominations on their resignation. It is this practice that has caused the greatest amount of concern.
Recently on the resignation of David Cameron as Prime Minister 62 of his aides, advisors, colleagues, donors and friends were rewarded with a variety of honours many of which have been controversial including his wife’s hairdresser.
Does the Honours System still reward those who have made significant contributions to public life or has it become a tool of political patronage to reward friends?
Should the Honours System be abolished?
The Honours System has been devalued and rewards cronyism and party political patronage
The Honours system rewards those who have made a significant contribution to Public Life.
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