Another slap in the face for Britain from its out-of-touch political elite. That’s the verdict on the newly released New Year’s Honours List, which is packed with Establishment cronies but totally IGNORES the heroes of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, and of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Many had expected awards for those who responded to the devastating Grenfell fire, which killed 71 people, as well as the atrocities at Manchester Arena and London Bridge.
Instead, there’s a cronyism row, after two-fifths of the New Year Honours were handed to MPs.
Among the politicians given knighthoods are Tory Graham Brady, the chairman of the influential 1922 committee, and former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.
Obscure Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and Preston MP Mark Hendrick were given knighthoods for Labour, meanwhile, as Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson was handed an OBE.
Police constable Wayne Marques fought off the three London Bridge terrorists despite losing sight in one eye. Now that’s a REAL achievement that should be honoured!
Meanwhile, 48-year-old Paula Robinson was dubbed the Angel of Manchester for guiding 50 children to safety after the attack on Manchester Arena.
The dozens of firemen who responded to the Grenfell Tower fire also received widespread praise.
Conservative MPs Graham Brady, 50, chairman of the party’s 1922 Committee, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, 64, and Christopher Chope, 70, receive knighthoods for political and public service while Cheryl Gillan, 65, vice chairman of the committee, is made a dame.
On the Labour side, Preston MP Mark Hendrick, 59, and Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle, 60, are knighted.
Various entertainment personalities were also on the controversial list.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said Tory MPs were being rewarded for ‘services to the establishment’, while SNP Cabinet Office spokesman Tommy Sheppard warned that honours ‘should not be doled out as political favours’.