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May 18, 2006

Blair's Resignation Honours List - Jeremy Black proposes a competition

Posted by Jeremy Black

Who would Tony Blair most like to honour in his resignation honours list? Jeremy Black - Professor of History, University of Exeter - proposes a competition. The sentiments expressed here are those of Prof. Black, of course not those of the Social Affairs Unit, its Trustees, Advisors or Director.

Amidst the gloom wafting forth from the idea of four more years of this government, it is helpful to discern a spark of humour. One such is offered by the prospect of Blair's resignation honours list, due probably next year, and possibly released while Mr Toad is staying with one or other of his Italian friends: maybe indeed while he and Silvio Berlusconi are in Sardinia discussing property investments. The eventual list will probably be measured, if also at once self-congratulatory and unctuous, in the manner of New Labour. There must be some acceptable friends around not yet made Lord Chancellor or found other safe Quangos, who can be honoured.

What will be more amusing, following the example of Harold Wilson, is the original list, that which is judged a bit too much by the toothless figures that police public standards. So let me propose a competition. Who would Tony most like to honour in his resignation list? Foreigners of course are eligible for honorary knighthoods.

Jeremy Black is Professor of History, University of Exeter. Amongst much else, he is the author of The European Question and the National Interest (Social Affairs Unit, 2006).


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What an intriguing question - it would have to be John Major et al for destroying any credible opposition for the last ten years.

Posted by: Jonathan at May 18, 2006 05:06 PM
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Sir Donald Rumsfeld? Nah. But definitely George Bush. Peas in a pod.

Posted by: S Masty at May 19, 2006 01:01 AM
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John Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith, Michael Howard... for being a useless oposition. It remains to be seen if David Cameron will also qualify.

Posted by: Alan at May 19, 2006 12:05 PM
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It would have to be Rupert Murdoch - preferably with a Dukedom - for getting The Sun, and The Times to back him.

Posted by: News International Hack at May 19, 2006 12:07 PM
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Interesting idea ...

Perhaps a CH for Alastair Campbell? Non titular but prestigous.

Maybe a GCMG for Mandelson given the EU stuff.

Usual CBEs, OBEs, and MBEs for Number 10 types.

I think Oona King DESERVES to be a Dame to go down fighting against Galloway...

Posted by: Alexander Drake at May 20, 2006 10:36 AM
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