Happy Birthday, where’s me gong?

The Queen’s birthday list is available, if you want to trawl through and see who was honoured for what. I have no idea why this interests me, but I look at the list every year with great anticipation. I suspect it has a kind of Eurovision appeal for me, not very relevant to my life, but a bit of a spectacle all the same.

No-one really jumps out, but I see the quest for better distribution continues with a home help from Homefirst Trust, Mrs Catherine Harte, rewarded for ‘services to the community in Northern Ireland.’ Other than that, it’s a case of the usual suspects.

There is a section on the site that tells you how to go about nominating someone for an honour, but helpfully adds “Self-nominations are rare, and will not succeed without independent validation.” Hmmmm that’s me out of the running then

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    Maybe Gerry Adams can get one to put it up Martin and to make up for his Che snub

  • Rory

    Ah, Miss Fitz, it is very thoughtful indeed of you to be boning up on the rules for submitting someone for a gong, presumably in order to nominate me. I am touched but I am afraid I will have to decline as I cannot accept honours from foreign monarchs, or indeed, as a republican from a home grown monarch should one arise.

    Still it was kind of you to think of me.

  • Rory

    Apparently knighthoods were awarded to Philip Green the retail magnate and easyJet founder, Stelios Hajit-Ioannou for “services to entrpreneurship”. In what at first appears to be a response to the news of touching humility, Hajit-Ioannou said, as reported by The Daily Telegraph: ” It came as a surprise to me, I am not sure at this stage that I deserve an honour for services to entrepreneurship which is usually reserved for those with a lifetime of business achievemant. I only started easyJet some 11 years ago”.

    Sweet, isn’t it? Until we examine the subtext which screams to previous entrepreneurs so honoured;” Yah, boo, shucks! Na nana na! You plonkers had to wait a lifetime to get your gong. This new kid on the block is recognised straight away. Who’s the daddy entrepreneur now, lamebrains?”

    Of course he’s also lying through his gold teeth when he feigns surprise as one is sussed out well in advance to see whether, if they were so honoured, they would accept or not, as the authority lackeys naturally are anxious to avoid any potential embarrassment to the monarchy.

  • Malachi O’Doherty

    I see Ed Curran got a gong for services to journalism, but what real journalist would want to be honoured by the state for a job well done?

  • Rory

    There are plenty of journalists deserving of the honour though. Among those who were formerly pompously self satisfied, holier-than-thou smug -snouts of the left I can now think of Paul Johnson, Melanie Philips and Christopher Hitchins, among others, who are all now pompously self satisfied etc. lickspittles of the right. Surely they each deserve some recognition for their great sacrifice of integrity in the service of the masters?

  • Miss Fitz

    I heard Ed on the radio, and he was insistent that the award wasnt for him, no indeed, it was for all the journalists he had worked with.

    I guess that spreads the load a wee bit?

  • Malachi

    My point is that journalists should not accept awards from those whom it is their job to monitor and criticise. It compromises them.

    Ed may want his former colleagues to be included in the honour, and some of them may be grateful for that inclusion. I think it just shows a failure to defend the integrity of journalism as a profession and to preserve its distance from the institutions of the state.

  • Malachi: a failure to defend the integrity of journalism as a profession LOL Do Irish journalists have integrity? Which ones? Tony O’Reily’s well paid serfs?

  • heck

    The roll of journalists is to hold the government to acount. With a few notable exceptions Nothern Ireland journalists have failed to do this. (Ed maloney is, in my view, one of the best,with investigations into collusion and into the internal politics of the IRA as it moved into the peace procss)

    the best reporting on northern ireland has generally come from a few british journalists like Peter Taylor.

    Most Norn Iron journalists have been either like Cusacks, peddling fantasy, or like the staff of the belfast telegraph , nobodies

  • Occasional Commentator

    I used to think these honours were a nice complement for those that are into that sort of thing. And because most of the people on the list are either complete nobodies or distant celebrities then I didn’t really know whether they were deserved or not.

    But recently an honour was given to a business person that I’ve had indirect dealings with. I don’t see any reason why he deserved any award any more than any other of the thousands of idendikit managers swarming all over the place. None of his work was charitable, and none of it was even challenging or interesting or anything.

    I don’t particularly dislike the honours, but now simply view them with indifference. Civil servants have more important things to do.

  • Rory

    I think we all did take your point, Malachi. We were merely articulating further thoughts that your point inspired.

    An English commentator of the 19th century coined a little ditty that goes something (but perhaps not quite) like this:

    To bribe the British journalist
    many men have tried

    But where’s the need, considering
    what the man will do unbribed

    Perhaps someone can provide the correct lines and attribution.

  • George

    I didn’t even know this was the day there were lists until today. But then again I don’t even know what the lists are for. Who said 1916 was for nothing?

    The British queen’s birthday bash was shown live on German television though. Or should that be qveen. Saxons and their crowns.

  • Cynic


    I think the quote is

    “You cannot hope to bribe or twist,
    thank God, the British journalist,
    But seeing what that man will do
    unbribed, there’s no occasion to”

    and its from Kipling (although its been so changed and requoted many times I cant be sure)

  • Rory

    That’s it, Cynic. Thank you. Clearly Kipling’s scansion and sense of meter is an improvement on my feeble effort.