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Honours list: happy for Sir Wiggo, but Danny Boyle has a point

It's only when you learn that Danny Boyle has apparently turned down a knighthood for his contribution that those niggling doubts start prodding at your conscience.

It is, undeniably, a system founded on privilege and inequality. Boyle has not used his refusal as a platform for political statement, only commenting on Radio 4's Front Row that: "I'm very proud to be an equal citizen, and I think that's what the opening ceremony was actually about." There seems to me to be a great deal of courage in that remark and a reminder of what integrity means. For those of us who experienced the unfamiliar glow of patriotism and perhaps even a new-found fondness for the Queen over the summer, it can leave us feeling a little uncomfortable.

Seeing the names of so many of our medal winners on the honours list makes it harder this year to argue against it. Bradley Wiggins has said he won't be expecting people to call him Sir but he hasn't refused the title, and it would be churlish to suggest he should – most would agree that he has earned it. I'm less enthusiastic about the same honour going to Michael Heller, a businessmen who also happens to be a significant Tory donor, or Hector Sants, former head of the Financial Services Authority, accused of being "asleep at the wheel" during the crash, but then I don't get to decide who is deserving and who is not.

And isn't that, for most of us, the biggest problem with the honours system? We'll object if it's too obviously politicised, but we don't mind it as long as it's doing nice things that we agree with, like rewarding teachers, charity workers and Paralympians. It's only when someone like Boyle quietly points out that the whole business is actually the antithesis of democracy that we might be obliged to stop and question whether there's a better way of recognising excellence than with outdated titles, particularly those that reinforce social division.

I'd rather have seen Danny Boyle knighted for his Olympic contribution than some of the suits behind the scenes, but I admire him as much for taking a stand on this as for his work this summer. He made us reflect then on what it means to be British, citizen or otherwise. And he's done it again now.




 記事の最後、「He made us reflect then on what it means to be British, citizen or otherwise」。これは何もイギリス人にだけ当てはまるものではないと考える。今の不透明な時代、自分はどのように生きていくのかという、問いかけ。



- ハマちゃん



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- 守屋

ハマちゃん さん


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