Would you refuse a UK honor from the Queen?
A new list of refuseniks has been leeked to the presse today, and some interesting names and comments appear in this article. I quite agree. Down with the monarchy, and down with these absurd “honors.” and screw Jagger for accepting the Sir stuff. Damn. Whatever happens to the Old Values? Silence, cunning, exile!
According to the documents, J G Ballard, author of Empire of the Sun, turned down a CBE this year for “services to literature”. He told the paper he was opposed to the “preposterous charade” of the honors system.
“Thousands of medals are given out in the name of a non-existent empire. It makes us look a laughing stock and encourages deference to the crown,” he said. “I think it is exploited by politicians and always has been.”
And Branagh also turned down the CBE, says the Sunday Times.
Finney, who recently won an Emmy ands the British equivalent, a Bafta, for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the television film “The Gathering Storm” Finney has criticized the idea of knighting people as “a disease which perpetuates snobbery”.