Friday, May 31, 2013

There are other honours that need to be stripped

Now that Doug Graham has lost his appeal against his conviction, talk is turning to stripping him of his knighthood. Its a no-brainer - a convicted criminal isn't worthy of recognition, and of course it should be revoked (along with his "Right Honourable" too - though given that that's a reward for a completely foreign institution, its really up to the foreign monarch). But while we're on the topic of stripping honours, there are other undeserving people who have been granted high honours despite (or rather, because of) committing grave crimes against this country: Roger Douglas, Michael Fay, Rod Deane, and the rest of their ilk. If we're going to start stripping honours, we should start with them.