New Year’s gongs handed to Theresa May’s chums and allies smacks of cronyism

GONGS for Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb and Darcey Bussell show that the Honours List still has a role to play in recognising those who put the Great into Britain.

The Beatle and Bee Gee both helped to shape British music. And former ballerina Darcey has dazzled as a Strictly judge.

Deserved honours, too, for cricket World Cup winners Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Tammy Beaumont, and paralympian Stefanie Reid.

What a shame, though, that awards have been squalidly bestowed upon the Prime Minister’s cronies.

Theresa May criticised ex-PM David Cameron after his chums got honours in his resignation list. She promised she would overhaul the honours system to end shabby cronyism.

So how can it be right that one in five knighthoods dished out went to MPs?

This includes Graham Brady who chairs the powerful Tory backbench 1922 committee and holds the PM’s fate in his hands as the party’s kingmaker.

Honours were also doled out to the committee’s vice chair and Mrs May’s pal Cheryl Gillan, the committee’s Treasurer Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and group member Christopher Chope.

Seventeen officials who served under Mrs May at the Home Office were also given gongs in a display of shameless back-scratching.

The PM has left herself wide open to the charge of hypocrisy.


THE Sun once had high hopes for Lord Adonis in his role as the country’s infrastructure chief.

But the Labour peer has become properly deluded since the Brexit vote, sniping at the Government and trying to block our exit from the EU.

His resignation letter — in which he calls Theresa May the “voice of Ukip” and warns Brexit will lead to the “wanton destruction” of Britain — shows just how out of touch he has become.

Having such a figure in Government was untenable, so it is right that he is now out of the door.

It will give him more time to rant to himself.


HOW embarrassing when your Nan in her nineties works harder than you.

The Queen clocked up 125 more public engagements than Prince William this year.

He quit the air ambulance service to become a full-time Royal in July but only managed 40 more appearances than Prince Philip, who retired from public duties in the same month.

We applaud the Queen, 91, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 96, for all their hard graft for our country.

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