The toxicity of Cameron’s choices is growing by the day, with allies of Theresa May now trying to say she would run the system differently – after Downing Street said interfering would set a “bad precedent”.
So, she’d do it differently – but not this time?
When will she, then?
The fact of the matter is that the Tory Chums’ Club has been blown wide open, and anybody named in Cameron’s list now faces serious reputational damage as somebody receiving an honour because they are friends of Tories, rather than due to any achievements for the good of the UK.
In This Writer’s opinion, that is why Mr Taylor has requested the removal of his name – and he would be right to do so.
Let us hope his request triggers a deluge of exits from the list of people who would only accept recognition for the right reasons – leaving only people who don’t mind tarnishing the honour system.
That is exactly the opposite of its purpose, of course – but at least it will be clear for all to see what it has become.
A major Tory donor has requested not to be given a knighthood, amid an intensifying row over David Cameron’s honours list.
Ian Taylor, an oil executive at Vitol, wrote to Theresa May requesting his name be taken off the list, after he was named as a Tory donor and funder of the pro-EU campaign who had been put forward by Cameron for an honour.
In a statement, Taylor said: “In recent days, speculation in the media has suggested that I may be recognised in the forthcoming resignation honours list. This has been accompanied by seriously inaccurate comments about the company I lead. In these circumstances, I think it is right I request that my name does not go forward, if indeed I was being considered for an honour.
“Tonight, I am writing both to the outgoing and the current prime minister requesting that I would not wish to be considered for an honour at this time.”
As the row over Cameron’s decision to reward donors, aides and pro-EU campaigners in his resignation list entered its third day, with no sign of abating, allies of May tried to dissociate her from the controversy by signalling she would do things differently from her predecessor when it comes to handing out honours.
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