It is amazing what happens and who crawls from the undergrowth when the “establishment” is attacked.
In order to gain the favour of the public, the very people who were courting the Bankers, the city and large corporations, are now falling over themselves to nail a banker to the wall and then take the plaudits.
It is all very amusing. However, we now have the “backlash”, saying politicians and the general public are using “Fred the Shred” as a scapegoat.
Even, the ultra left wing 80’s politician turned new labour “Darling”, Alistair Darling, (seriously no pun intended), is now voicing concern that people who manage to obtain an honour bestowed on them by the state may refuse their honour, because the “people” may wish to hold them to account for their behaviour following their receipt of this honour.
God forbid you may say. For then we may ask Lord Archer to leave the House of Lords and not allow proven liars, nay, even a perjurer, to make laws in this land. A ridiculous constitutional arrangement where no matter what a Lord does, we cannot get rid of them.
Or if we give a Knighthood to a dedicated member of the community, who is then found to be a paedophile, should we not take away the honour?
The very argument that we should not take away an honour because some may think twice about accepting it; or that this will just open the flood gates to taking back honours from others that have fallen from grace, is pathetic in the extreme.
I say, let the flood gates open, and let the great and the good and yes the “not so good”, think twice before taking an honour. They should know full well that if they behave in such a disgraceful manner that society deems it necessary to take back that honour, that this is exactly what we should do. Not to gain a percentage point in the polls, but on principle and because it is right.