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Moreshabbythanchic Sun 27-Dec-15 11:19:47

Barbara Windsor, why? I seriously think these are handed out to anyone lately if they are a little bit famous, apart from the fact I can't stand the woman, she has had a very chequered past and as far as I know has never done anything remotely praiseworthy.

I would rather honours were given to ordinary people who have done good works to worthy causes or something remarkable for others.

AuntieStella Sun 27-Dec-15 11:25:23

"I would rather honours were given to ordinary people who have done good works to worthy causes or something remarkable for others."

That's the whole point of the public being able to nominate people.

Did you make a nomination, either for this list or any others recently?

Sirzy Sun 27-Dec-15 11:26:55

People from all walks of life are honoured. It isn't just for the rich and famous. But it relies on people being nominated.

AuntieStella Sun 27-Dec-15 11:28:42

This is guidance on how to nominate. It takes at least a year to work its way through the system, so if you did nominate someone within last 18 months or so, it might still be on its way.

Moreshabbythanchic Sun 27-Dec-15 11:29:41

No, I didn't, although I know some very nice people who are wonderful in my eyes I don't really know many people.

My point is what has BW done to warrant an honour, I just don't get it.

Sirzy Sun 27-Dec-15 11:32:05

She does a lot of charity work doesn't she? She is also someone who probably falls into the 'national treasure' bracket (rightly or wrongly) so I don't think her being honoured is that much of a shocking thing.

Lulooo Sun 27-Dec-15 11:35:23

YANBU OP. I also think that sometimes honours are just given to people who are rich, famous and successful and not those who genuinely deserve them. I didn't nominate anyone either but that doesn't mean that we can't have an opinion on who is deserving of them. The number of celebrities who have honours is just stupid IMO.

daisychain01 Sun 27-Dec-15 11:38:56

BW has devoted best part of 50 years to the British film and TV industry plus charity work.

Whatever you think about her, she deserves it IMO.

TwoTonTessie Sun 27-Dec-15 11:39:44

She does do a lot of charity work and let's not forget how she has introduced thousands to online bingo smile

daisychain01 Sun 27-Dec-15 11:43:34

And DP just made a good point that if it hadn't been for acting professionals like BW, who supported the early days of Pinewood Studios Britain wouldnt have the film industy it enjoys today

Gottagetmoving Sun 27-Dec-15 11:48:38

And DP just made a good point that if it hadn't been for acting professionals like BW, who supported the early days of Pinewood Studios Britain wouldnt have the film industy it enjoys today

Of course, they didn't do it for the money then? The people paying to watch the film's supported them.

BlueThursday Sun 27-Dec-15 12:04:39

If you read the full list of honours there are tons of people who you're unlikely to have of. "Ordinary" people do receive them but Sky isn't likely to report that Jean Maguire who has fostered for 35 years has received a CBE

lizzydrippingsghost Sun 27-Dec-15 12:08:12

apart from the carry on fims and eastenders whay els as she done

Sixweekstowait Sun 27-Dec-15 12:10:43

I hate all honours with a passion - I hate the twaddle about 'ordinary people' ( how patronising) there's a real hierarchy with who gets what level of honour and with the odd exception, the lower your socio- economic status / social connections/donation to a political party, the lower will be your honour. The honours system is complete and utter rubbish and what's really sad is that so many think it actually matters.

Bunbaker Sun 27-Dec-15 12:15:40

One of the teachers from DD's primary school received an honour last year. she jolly well deserved it. She's also a lovely lady who has had to deal with a lot of personal problems in her life.

Moreshabbythanchic Sun 27-Dec-15 12:50:27

Maybe she has done a lot of charity work but I always remember her association with the Krays and the underworld and how she slept her way into fame and fortune and the sadness that came with it.

daisychain01 Sun 27-Dec-15 14:25:49

Haha its like What have the Romans ever done for us on here.

Wagglebees Sun 27-Dec-15 16:49:12

As far as famous people go I can think of other equally well known people who do far more for charity, and are generally nicer, but aren't on the list again. How do they choose who will be a Dame or a Lord?

PirateSmile Sun 27-Dec-15 16:53:05

Bloody hell. I can't believe Barbara Windsor is being judged because of the people she's slept with shock

You do realise Mick Jagger has a Knighthood...

BeckerLleytonNever Sun 27-Dec-15 17:42:34

Agree, OP.

and why the fuck has jagger got a knighthood, for his hedonistic lifestyle?

as for BW, affairs, countless abortions, connections with the Krays, getting her baps on show..... a bit of charity work and shes the bees kness.

xmas judgy pants are strainingg..........

DyslexicScientist Sun 27-Dec-15 17:46:22

Might as well give one to Cheryl vd too.

They give the celeb ones to divert from all the civil servants getting one at retirement for just doing their job.

I'd like Jordan to get one also.

PirateSmile Sun 27-Dec-15 17:53:40

Please explain to me what BW's abortions have got to do with her suitability for a damehood?

hefzi Sun 27-Dec-15 17:56:18

I'd rather people like Barbra Windsor were honoured than civil servants, for whom "honours" are automatic despite their attractive salary and benefits packages: they get them for doing the jobs they are paid for - various sportsmen and celebrities tend (though not always) to have gone over and above their jobs - in BW's case, for doing charity work for decades.

The negatives about her that Becker mentions - those were all before I was born, and I am in my 40's: can no-one ever redeem themselves hmm?

JeffreysMummyIsCross Sun 27-Dec-15 17:56:53

It seems Lyndon Crosby is to be knighted fot his contribution to public services. No wonder people are so cynical about the whole honours system.

PirateSmile Sun 27-Dec-15 18:10:07

Instead of critisising Barbara Windsor for her sex life why don't we talk about some male beneficiaries of the honours system? Shall we start with Sir jimmy Saville and Lord Janner?

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