COMMENT: Honour our gold medallist

IT WILL be a travesty if Gwent’s golden Paralympian Mark Colbourne is not included in the next honours list.

Cyclist Mark’s gold was the only such medal won at either the Olympics or Paralympics by an athlete from this area.

Frankly, we would like to see all Team GB’s gold medallists receive gongs in the New Year honours.

And if that means a few politicians and civil servants missing out then all well and good.

Last week five MPs on the wrong end of the prime minister’s Cabinet reshuffle were told they would be getting honours – four of them knighthoods.

That is meat and drink for those who want to see the honours system abolished.

There is no doubt the entire system is devalued when honours are handed out as retirement presents or as an inducement for a minister to go quietly.

We have said before honours should only go to those who have excelled in what they do as professionals or volunteers, those who have truly gone the extra mile.

We want to see fewer men in grey suits on the honours list and more of Britain’s exceptional and inspirational people.

Mark Colbourne and his Paralympian and Olympian colleagues certainly fit the bill.

Let us hope that it is Mark and his fellow athletes filling the honours list at the end of the year.

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11:13am Mon 10 Sep 12

Loose Ed says...

What a non-story, it's already been anounced that there is going to be a serarate honours list for Olympians and Paralympians to ensure the numbers of honours awarded to them are not limited by being in the mix with all the usual suspects.
What a non-story, it's already been anounced that there is going to be a serarate honours list for Olympians and Paralympians to ensure the numbers of honours awarded to them are not limited by being in the mix with all the usual suspects. Loose Ed
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2:49pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Cwmderi says...

If the Mayor and Leader of Blaenau Gwent council are truly committed to getting recognition for the fantastic achievements of Mark Colbourne, then there is a perfect opportunity for them to put a Notice of Motion before BG Council to offer Mark the Freedom of Blaenau Gwent County Borough.
So come on guys, think outside the box and grab the nettle that is in your hands.
This would be an honour bestowed upon Mark by all of the citizens of the county borough and would be a fitting tribute to a man who has reached the peak after having to overcome such adversity in life.
If the Mayor and Leader of Blaenau Gwent council are truly committed to getting recognition for the fantastic achievements of Mark Colbourne, then there is a perfect opportunity for them to put a Notice of Motion before BG Council to offer Mark the Freedom of Blaenau Gwent County Borough. So come on guys, think outside the box and grab the nettle that is in your hands. This would be an honour bestowed upon Mark by all of the citizens of the county borough and would be a fitting tribute to a man who has reached the peak after having to overcome such adversity in life. Cwmderi
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