Saturday, December 29, 2007
Buggins Turn... No, Really
As usual, the Major has been combing through the New Years Honours List. And as usual, they've unaccountably left him out.
But among the many thousands of people who have clearly served the nation beyond the call of duty (and payment), he has again picked out some real crackers (and we haven't made them up):
Mary Buggins, chairwoman, NHS West Midlands, services to healthcare - CBE (presumably not the same NHS West Midlands that has the country's highest number of hospital deaths from Clostridium Difficile)
John Ivan Tiner, lately chief executive, Financial Services Authority, services to the finance industry - CBE (presumably not the same FSA that presided over that catastrophic failure to regulate the Crock)
William Alexander Jeffrey permanent secretary, Ministry of Defence -Knight Commander of the Bath (presumably not the same MOD which has presided over disasters and cock-ups too numerous to list, and whose permanent secretary was mauled by the Public Accounts Committee this very month over its disgraceful and shambolic sale of QinetiQ)
John Richard Henderson, yeoman bed goer - Royal Victorian Medal (not sure about this one... possibly something to do with Sir Dick Fitztightly?).
Of course, for every thousand Buggins honours, there are one or two that leap off the page as being in a different league.
This year's outstanding recipient is someone who brought back a dearly beloved icon of Britishness after a long and painful absence in which it seemed to have been lost forever.
No, not Kylie's bottom.
Not even Parky's twinkly eyes.
It's Sir Stuart Rose, whose K was predicted by BOM last year, and who has given us something far more critical to Britishness than any number of Bottler edicts on the subject. Founded 120 years ago by a brilliant Polish-Lithuanian Jew, and later the pioneer of mass market Chicken Kiev, Marks and Sparks surely has a place in anyone's top ten bulwarks against losing our national identity. Yet before Sir Stu took the controls it was sinking fast. He was its undoubted saviour.
So what if he got £3.6m last year? So what if he's in line for a further £8m? He's worth every single penny. And the K to boot.