In the Lincolnshire Free Press of Tuesday, August 9, the article covering David Cameron’s resignation honours list award of a CBE to John Hayes, Councillor Gary Porter is quoted as saying: “It’s obviously good news for South Holland when anyone from the area gets recognised and John Hayes follows in a (line of) distinguished people who have been honoured, including Lord Taylor of Holbeach and myself.”
I have always believed that the UK honours system was used to reward either individuals who have excelled in their chosen occupation or undertaken activities for the public good which have not been to their direct financial benefit. There are also arguably a number of significant and much publicised exceptions.
Would it be possible for Councillor Porter to explain to which group he belongs and why he considers himself to be so distinguished?
Such an explanation would probably help many of us to better understand the intricate complexities of the political honours system.