Every year I go through the Honours lists and grind my teeth at some of the scoundrels that get on it.
Every now and then, someone I know gets a gong that they truely deserve. This year two of my old bosses got gonged.
Dame Julia Cleverdon got a DCVO (she’ll soon have the whole alphabet after her name!!) She was a hoot to work for at Business in the Community, and seeing a whole boardroom full of FTSE 100 CEOs and Chairs falling over themselves to sign up to her ideas was always entertaining.
The Rev Dr Stuart Burgess – the Prime Minister’s Rural Advocate got a CBE – Stuart, who had been President of the Methodist Church, was another amusing chap to be around. He said that after a year of introducing me to Bishops across the country he was most disappointed not to have converted me from atheism – I said it was introducing me to all the blasted bishops the confirmed my atheism!
The plight of UK Security
Scanning through last weeks’ PR Week before dropping in the recycling bin - I came across a recruitment ad for intelligence officers at MI5. Good grief – recruiting PR people as spies, what is the country coming to?