Few Are Chosen . . .
We have a lot of talented people in Wales. Some are well-known and often professional people, most are members of the community who “donate” their talents to helping their neighbours.
So it’s inevitable, I suppose, that several of our people have received recognition in the English Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Welsh folk have been given knighthoods and “lesser” awards.
But that poses the obvious question: why does one get a knighthood for seemingly doing what they do best and exercising their talents that way, while others behave in exactly the same way and get those “lesser” awards?
I do not mean to belittle the achievements of any of those people on the current Honours List.
Indeed, I wonder how people can be made Members of a now-non-existent British Empire and others become part of the Order of that defunct organisation.
As we have our own perfectly capable government now, would it not be a good idea to have our own, Welsh Honours List? Perhaps there should be only two categories, too: say, the Order of the Red Dragon and the Order of the Red Kite. One Order could be for one sort of work, the other Order for another sort of work. Simply – and non-divisive.
We could even have suggestions from the People of Wales regarding who should receive what. That way, we could protect democracy, too.
And I do not write this with any feeling of sour grapes!