MPs want new rules on honours

The Public Administration Select Committee (Pasc) this morning called for firmer rules on honour forfeiture, instead of so-called trials by media like that it says contributed to former RBS boss Fred Goodwin losing his knighthood. Pasc says ever since the Goodwin case, the committee has been peppered with “calls for the forfeiture of the honours awarded to various public figures,” which they believe results from the government’s choice to ask the Honours Forfeiture Committee (HFC) to consider Goodwin’s case, and that committee’s decision to cancel the knighthood. They say that to avoid determining decisions by politically sensitive “media storms” the HFC should be made independent.