Before you jump to congratulate me , I would like to make it clear for the avoidance of doubt that this question is (to the best of my knowledge) hypothetical.
I have been mulling over the question on new year honours distribution for many years and as the 1st January looms I decided to share my concerns.
Sports stars : Usually paid eye watering sums and get honoured for it. For those who do not get paid they receive honour and fame anyway. Not on
Civil servants : Stay in place for donkey's years and get a good pension. Hmmm . Although I suppose if they have foregone the more lucrative private sector then perhaps. Can't make my mind up on this one.
Captains of industry : Trousered shedloads of pay and perks and oodles of respect and fame . Not on
So you can see where I am heading. To me the system is devalued and they are given out like confetti when the above receive them. We need to radically pare them back and create a new type of honour for ordinary folk or those who volunteer, help etc in their communities for nothign mroe than the sense of moral or social duty , without reward.
Perhaps to be called "The Citizens Honour" , "Citizenship Recognition Medal" or something similar. That would set them aside from the above categories and give them a real sense of worth that others can instantly see and perhaps inspire more people to do the same.
Back to waiting by the letterbox....