Sunday, 11 October 2009
What is a Knighthood?
Indeed what is a knighthood?In today's World they are dished out to Civil Servants,Politicians,Business People,Pop Stars,Scientists,Actors and Sports Personalities.
They are an anachronism of the past!
Francis Drake was knighted by Elizabeth I for stealing treasure from the Spanish,let's be honest whilst still a schoolboy hero of mine,he was a pirate!
Isaac Newton was knighted because an apple fell on his head,ok, he was a very clever man,who amongst other things discovered gravity.I bet most of you didn't know that throughout his life he was a practising alchemist!
It gets even worse,today a shopkeeper,Stuart Rose gets a knighthood because he runs Marks and Spencer.Now don't get me wrong,nice underwear,but does it warrant a knighthood?
The value of this honour has become absurd!
Probably the most important Englishman who ever lived,in terms of a contribution to World culture,never received a knighthood.