George turned down British honour

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  1. Martin says:

    The Queen and the Royals have nothing to do with who chooses the honours list. It is the British government who does such things. Anyway, good on George for telling them to shove it. David Bowie also turned down a knighthood, and Charlie Watts (after the knighting of 'Sir' Mick Jagger) said that he (Watts) would never accept anything off Tony Blair….

  2. David Brailsford says:

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  3. Unknown says:

    Honours committees are made up of senior civil servants (‘official members’) and people who are independent of government (‘independent members’). All honours committees have a majority of members who are independent

  4. Brian Fried says:

    Not surprising. Anthology has moments where it's clear George dislikes being pushed to the background by Paul — and has been like that since 1970, when he wanted attention as a solo artist. To get a lesser honour would have irked him, even if he wasn't in Paul's league at the time.

    What I mean by that last bit is that, if you look at both the eighties and nineties, George had done only a few rare appearances, preferring to be away from the public eye — and his biggest contribution to Britain was a film company who's output wasn't really enticing people to get to the UK. McCartney, by comparison, was active in a number of causes including vegetarianism (where he helped launch a frozen food company), did more charity events in recent years, had helped form LIPA, and was never really leaving anyone any doubt that he was a Brit and was proud to say that.

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