Should We Honour the ‘Quiet Bat-People’?

But scrapping the current system, as some elements of the Labour Party have suggested, would be a tremendous disservice to the formal recognition of the achievements, efforts and service bestowed on their recipients. Meanwhile, as other strands of Labour continue to their efforts to recreate The Thick of It as a live action stage show, the proposals for a revised honours system nominated by the public could well turn out to most closely resemble Nicola Murray’s 4th Sector Pathfinders, immortalised as ‘Quiet bat-people’. More disquietingly, it could turn the system entirely into a popularity contest, guaranteeing that those out of the public eye are stripped of this opportunity.

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