New Year Honours Lists – now there’s a load of old crap if ever there was one! Give loads of money to a political party, bag yourself a gong. Crawl up the right backside? Ditto. Cronyism at it’s best…
But let’s at least be honest about it and stop pretending it’s anything else.
Which brings me to the case in point. Labour have been bouncing up and down about Lynton Crosbie getting a K for spearheading the Conservative election campaign. You might agree that this is cronyism and you might find it distasteful – but then you should also feel the same way about Rosie Winterton, wouldn’t you?
Until a couple of days ago, nobody had ever really heard of Dame Rosie but they have now. Not only is Rosie the Labour Chief Whip, but she also sits on a sub-committee that recommends who gets the gongs.
Those recommendations then go to the main honours committee made up of 14 members – senior civil servants and the chairs of the various sub-committees. Oddly enough, every one of them has a knighthood or peerage.
So my ‘hypocrite of the week’ award goes to the Labour Party for complaining about one of Cameron’s cronies getting a K whilst doing exactly the same to one of their own.