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Benedict didn't deserve his gong

Published 12/06/2015

I love Benedict Cumberbatch (above) for all sorts of reasons, only some of them respectable. I've reached the point where I'll irrationally defend him regardless of what he does. So I won't criticise him for accepting his CBE in the new set of Queen's Honours, but I confess I'm disappointed that such an outspoken critic of numerous Establishment injustices has rolled over to have his tummy stroked in this way.

Benedict didn't deserve his gong

I love Benedict Cumberbatch for all sorts of reasons, only some of them respectable. I've reached the point where I'll irrationally defend him regardless of what he does. So I won't criticise him for accepting his CBE in the new set of Queen's Honours, but I confess I'm disappointed that such an outspoken critic of numerous Establishment injustices has rolled over to have his tummy stroked in this way.

For me, honours should be reserved for people who have behaved with selfless kindness, or courage. Not for those lucky enough to be extremely talented or, in "Sir" Lenny bloomin' Henry's case, for being famous for many years.

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