I always wondered why it was the BEM. Now I know from your editorial 'Word of dishonour' (7 March). 'He (John Major) has abolished the British Empire Medal, traditionally awarded to the working classes, without touching the rest of the elaborate superstructure. All this does is to convince those who presently hold the honour that it was always worthless.' The letters BEM are still on Albert Morgan's gravestone. Won in the way that it was, the medal will never be without honour. Perhaps we should abolish instead the MBE.
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