The Government should publish the list of people who turned down honours, and the reasons given. That would make for far more interesting reading.
David Bowie, turned down a Knighthood - " I have no interest in that medieval bullshit" is my favourite.
John Cleese. - "They are just silly".
Ken Loach. - "I turned down an OBE because it's not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who got it".
Many many more, the list runs into the hundreds apparantly. Albert Finney turned down a CBE in 1980, then told them to stick it up their arse again when he was offered a Knighthood in 2000. A few surprising names perhaps, Stephen Hawking, Alfred Hitchcock, Nigella Lawson, john Le Carre. Paul Flynn, the Labour MP who is a member of the Select Committee which scrutinized the honours' process suggested the government should release the names of those who turned down an honour, also suggested they should be dubbed HRH - which stood for "Has Rejected Honour" - because in his view turning down a Knighthood, an OBE or an MBE was "the highest honour of all".
Amen to that!