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The honours system has become devalued

ANDY Murray's is just the latest bandwagon that the Prime Minister has jumped on – all in the vain hope of making himself popular.

Your correspondent John Boylan (Write Back, July 11) is quite right in saying that the honours system has become devalued.

In fact, that happened many years ago, as my grandfather realised when he declined an honour just for doing his job as a civil servant – no doubt much to my grandmother's annoyance.

Indeed, why should people expect honours for doing their usually very well-paid jobs?

Civil servants, politicians, bankers and business people are already well rewarded without the state heaping dubious honours on them.

The system is occasionally exposed for what it is when one of the recipients blots their copybook and has his, or her, honour removed.

Actors, comedians and singers are well enough known and rewarded without having 'Sir', or 'Dame', shoved in front of their names.

Sportsmen are normally young and otherwise immature when saddled with a title.

Which means more to them: an Olympic medal, a world title or this appendage, which the state feels duty-bound to add?

The only people worth honouring are those who are these days referred to as 'unsung heroes', who do what they do for the benefit of others and without hope or expectation of reward.

MICHAEL HART

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