Time to reform the Honours system after Boris Johnson nominated father for knighthood?

Stanley Johnson: if he really did break his wife’s nose, why does son Boris think he deserves a knighthood?

Serial nepotist Boris Johnson has apparently disgraced the Honours system by nominating an alleged wife-beater for a knighthood: his own father, Stanley.

Johnson has previously made his brother Jo a peer, and unsubstantiated reports have previously suggested he wanted to give honours to his wife Carrie and sister Rachel.

The nomination has triggered a backlash – not just against the nomination but against the whole system of giving titles to individuals who are favoured by people who happen to have been in government. For example:

The allegations against Stanley Johnson are common knowledge…

… and the whole situation stinks of cronyism, as Wes Streeting (for once, rightly) asserted on BBC Breakfast:

Stanley Johnson was also once accused of “inappropriate touching” against Tory MP Caroline Nokes, and against political journalist Ailbhe Rea, in another example of the privilege that high-powered members of the Establishment have over the rest of us; if he had been you or me, the claim would have been “sexual assault”.

What happened about that?

Nevertheless, brace yourself for Johnson Senior to receive the honour.

After all, they gave a knighthood to Tony Blair and an MBE to Rachel Riley.

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  1. William-Glyn THOMAS March 6, 2023 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    We should only grant honours those who perform outstanding gallantry and other worthwhile public services. Titles were only invented in order to keep serfs subjugated to their masters who in turn were subjugated to the Monarchy. Another form of slavery. We already have titles to identify each other Mister, Mrs. Miss. Master etc. Why do the English hanker pride in their deplorable age of Empire !!

  2. restless42 March 6, 2023 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Johnson and his father should be in the House of Dishonour not the House of :Lords. What has Stanley Johnson done for this country? Foisted his dishonest offspring upon us. For shame!

  3. Stan Was March 6, 2023 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Ah, Was Streeting. If he ever gets a chance to ennoble his list will include the private health CEOs who will already have prospered well under a Labour government.

  4. Stu March 7, 2023 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Have you noticed no mention of this on BBC News?
    When it was briefly discussed on BBC TV, they added “If actually true” showing the possibly of giving Bojob an escape route.

  5. Dave Rowlands March 7, 2023 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    All this fuss and bother makes me wonder what they are up to again, is this to dampen down Matt Hancock’s problems or are they hiding some other serious criminal behaviour or policies they don’t want scrutinised?

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