Letter: Honour those who serve

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The Independent Online
Sir: Godfrey Hodgson gets one thing absolutely correct: the British honours system is horribly bloated (11 April). There are too many honours, given too often to too many politicians' friends.

However Gore Vidal has made the observation that for centuries the British government has got away with paying its civil servants with honour rather than cash. That enabled it to secure the services of the brightest and the best without having to enter an auction for these services.

The country should celebrate the teacher and the nurse who serve selflessly for years. Those with an outstanding sense of civic duty are deserving of the honour of the country.


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