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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Boris Johnson, where art thou?

The man organising the campaign to get Liverpool manager Bob Paisley awarded a post-humous knighthood reckons he has the support of lots of MPs because "this isn't just about Bob, this is about Merseyside". What precisely does that mean? Is the actual status of Liverpool any different than, say, Exeter or Edinburgh? Really, the whole city should quit acting as if it's entitled to special treatment. And have any of these clowns lining up to lend their support considered the implications of starting to give out honours post-humously? I think there's a long queue and Paisley's somewhere near the back. Charles Dickens should be up the front but he'd only be keeping a place for William Wilberforce and hundreds of other major contributors to our culture who don't happen to cross the mayfly minds of the media.


  1. Anonymous9:31 am

    If the supporters of a postumous knighthood for Bob Paisley can raise the neccessary cash, I don't see a problem. Surely their money is as good as anyone else's.

  2. This echoes some of what I read in 'Pies & Prejudice' by Stuart Maconie. There really is a sense of entitlement to the scousers that you don't get anywhere else in England. Well said!

  3. This whole posthumous pardon,honours, apology business is getting out of hand. We are becoming like mormons retrospectively baptising ancestors.

  4. Perhaps a posthumous life peerage would be a better idea? That would tie up all concerned in a cloud of confusion for some considerable time.

  5. Anonymous2:26 pm

    As a devout Liverpool FC supporter, I agree - if you don't get it while you are alive, tough. It is just a bit of envy that Sir Alex got a K for wining the European Cup once, and Bob didn't for winning it 3 times. Probably a good idea if we drop the whole titles thing anyhow. Or at least for doing pointless things like winning football cups, or cricket matches.

  6. Anonymous11:48 pm

    It's a completely ludicrous idea.

    Boris Johnson was 100% right about Liverpool and I don't know anyone who disagreed with him.