WhaaaaaT? The Queen has just made the most mediocre PM since the war a knight of the Garter. The dullest ,greyest leader we have had who presided over the ERM fiasco has been rewarded with that most ultimate of gongs. Is it not high time we : a) scrapped the honours system as it stands and replaced it with a more modern variant such as order of merit. As a nation we are beginning to look more and more stupid by the day as we dole awards that are hardly meritted.Does anyone seriously think Paul Mcartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Booby Charlton Geof Husrt desrved knighthoods? They were simply doing their jobs for chriiiisakes.You are meant to gain awards when you do things beyond the call of normal duty. Like the Victoria Cross for bravery. I dont think there is a person in the land who thinks Mark Thatcher should have inheritted his baronetcy either. What has HE done other than make himself look rather silly. They are an anachronism dating back to feudal times . I would suggest we need to replace them and also declare null and void ALL inheritted titles such as Earl ,Duke, Marquess, Baron etc. We also need to get rid of MBE ,CBE and OBEs .Given that we longer have an Empire it seems ridiculous that one should be titled Commander of the British Empire. Whats that a couple of rocks here and there?In any case I want to forget about the Empire and move forward. I dont believe its something to be enormously proud of anyway.Irish famine , Indian famine,concentration camps in SA ring bells? b) whilst in the procees why not tone down the monarchy ie make it more of a bicycling monarchy as in Norway. Get rid of the stuffiness and encourage them to be more approachable. I suggest we refer to them as the Windsors or even better Saxe- Coburg -Gothas. Lizzie, Phil, Annie, Charlie ,Andy , and Teddy.