Each group has its own talented performers who deserve recognition, just because people like Wiggins is feted by the media, they are showered with honours, but a surgeon or physician who is working all hours is unrecognised by anyone. I know of one surgeon who is a prof, is seen at all times of day and night if he has a really sick patient under his care, just wanders in from home to see them and if the staff looking after them are happy. That is dedication and the amount of knowledge he has is amazing.
That people who undertake sport is good, but honours please, do me a favour, a percentage will end up seriously wealthy, and all from the receipt of public or lottery funds. Good on Danny Boyle for refusing an honour in these circumstances.
No, not even the slightest bit jealous as a capitalist accumulating wealth is what I try to do despite the Inland Revenue, I am neither rich nor poor enough to be a socialist and this is were the idea of funding these people comes from. We cannot afford socialist ideas of funding something that brings little return, in particular when it comes from either or both government or lottery funding. If a company wants to sponsor sportsmen, at least they are responsible to their board or shareholders as a tax payer they are not responsible to me as a member of the voting public. The money spent by the Department of Culture Media and Sports could have been far more usefully spent funding the hospice movement to a greater extent, but only to 49% that means the hospices have the power not government.
Remember socialism only works until it runs out of other peoples money.
Air Pig. Just how much of your hard earned cash do you think Wiggo takes home with him? His wages are paid by Team Sky. Whilst cycling as a whole does get several millions of pounds in lottery funding and government subsidy, those that are rich are not in that situation because of your taxes. Athletes that survive purely on grants are definitely not rich. Wiggo is a bloody great ambassador for his sport and his country. He works bloody hard and has achieved an awful lot in what is an extremely demanding sport. In my opinion he deserves every bit of his Knighthood. However, I respect your right to disagree. BV