BBC Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins is to be made a Sir after being knighted for winning the Tour de France and Olympic Gold in the summer while Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and David Weir will only get CBE’s.
Fair enough Jess and Mo’s achievements were quite standard and expected of them (they do it all the time) but David Weir got no love in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, where he should at least have made the final three, and now he only gets a CBE when his Paralympic team-mate Sarah Storey gets a Damehood.
Storey’s achievements (11-times Gold medal winner) are tremendous, yes, but something is clearly wrong!
Tennis star Andy Murray, who became the first British man in a trillion years to win a major tennis championship, has been parred the worst, only getting a
Blue Peter Badge OBE, which is almost the lowest award in the British Honours system. Obviously, an OBE is a big honour, but didn’t Andy Murray deserve more?
The order of importance of the awards, traditionally given by the Queen in the New Year Honours list, is (from highest to lowest):
- KBE/DBE (Knight/Dame of the British Empire)
- CBE (Commander of the British empire)
- OBE (Officer of the British Empire)
- MBE (Member of the British Empire)
Scotsman, Andy Murray has never been a fan of Britishness, and is a supporter of an independent Scotland, so we’re actually surprised he even accepted the honour. Trust us, if Tim Henman did what Murray did he would have got a KBE and be Sir Tim, like Bradley Wiggins.
Olympic boxers Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua also got MBE’s after they won Gold medals in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Outside sport, actor Adrian Lester and designer Stella McCartney also received OBE’s in the New Year Honours list announced earlier today.