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John Barrowman awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

  • FreelancerFR

    One
    rule of journalism is that when an acronym is not universally known, you spell
    it out at least once in the related article. And I don’t think that ‘universal’
    means ‘in the UK,’ or are you writing for Britons only?

    • Ian Tom Bower

      Indeed. Member of the British Empire. It’s an outdated, anachronistic honour and the lack of spelling it out in full probably says something about some Britons still thinking we have an empire.

      • FreelancerFR

        Sure, but should you have to?

    • Mark Y

      One of the amazing things about the internet is that you can type anything into the search engine and it tells you exactly what something means. It’s really simple to do and very fast.

      • Spanner1960

        Oddly, I Googled “f*ckwit” and got a picture of you.

  • mike

    Well I think its great that John has an award for all his good works AND that he supports the UK!!!

    • http://www.leschardons.com waterbearer

      Me too, it’s a good news story for once. And we don’t get too many of them these days. :-)

    • Alexander Kelso Shiels

      I dont hear him denounce these despots? To busy making money! He is another one “Out for Myself” attitude.

  • Psychologist

    TWO issues here – 1 Great that openly gay people are being more EQUALLY recognised for services and work they do.
    2. However, the whole concept of “honours” was always very elitist, is outdated, and who really gives a s***t anyway about what the UK royal family think ?

    • de Villiers

      If you do not like honours then do not accept one. That is no reason to stop someone who does want one from having one.

      • Mark Y

        No one is stopping anyone from doing anything. Gay men and women are free to fraternise with homophobic regimes if they wish – just like you do with the catholic church – has anyone ever stopped you from being a member of one of the most homophobic regimes in Europe?

      • Psychologist

        Who said I was trying to STOP anyone from receiving one ? I didn’t ! Read my post correctly !
        So WHAT is YOUR problem ?

      • Alexander Kelso Shiels

        Some people are easily please! Some old fart gives you a gong and your over the moon about it. Get in the real world!

    • docMfan

      (Some) Republics have honours systems too. And the present system has fcuk all to do with what the Queen thinks. Just be happy for Barrowman and his achievements/service to the community.

      • Alexander Kelso Shiels

        What has he achieved? Another desperate want to be!

  • http://www.leschardons.com waterbearer

    What a bunch of party poopers you commenters are :-(

    • Mark Y

      I don’t think accepting an award from a family who have not been democratically elected to have power is something to have a party about. I think it’s quite sad and pathetic that anyone in the free world can still support any royal family.

      • Rehan

        Yes, but it’s a mistake to think that the award is in any way the direct gift of the monarch – the nominations are considered by committees and sent to be approved by the [democratically-elected] prime minister’s office and only formally awarded by the Queen. Apart from the wording (and ‘British Empire’ is pretty ridiculous, I agree), it’d be no different from receiving an honour from a president.

        • Mark Y

          I know who considers the nominations. The difference is, the president is voted into power. Whereas the queen takes power because she was born into a particular family.

          The fact that the royal family award them, and they are given in the queens name – they’re called the queens birthday honours – gives credibility to undemocratically elected tyrants.

          • de Villiers

            No it doesn’t.

          • Mark Y

            Yes it does.

          • http://www.leschardons.com waterbearer

            A tyrant? At 80 odd years old I hardly could describe her as a tyrant!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Best laugh all day. Thanks Mark Y

          • Spanner1960

            f*k off to the Ukraine and vote fot your president there and see how far you get.

          • Mark Y

            Or you could fck off to saudi arabia, brunei, kuwait, qatar, oman etc. if you love monarchy so much and see how far you get.

          • http://www.leschardons.com waterbearer

            Actually the Queen doesn’t have any power. She’s there because we allow her to be there (as the people). If we didn’t want her, then she would have to go. The majority of UK citizens prefer to have her than some nondescript president (Hollande, Putrid (sorry Putin) and many others who’s names I can’t even remember (get the point?). Your comments quite frankly are ludicrous and bear no resemblance to the reality of the situation regarding the monarch. We’re not stupid you know. We know only too well the points you make and we choose, as a nation, to ignore them.

          • Mark Y

            If you think the queen doesn’t have any power – you really are stupid. And if you think she doesn’t have any power, why do you want her, because you like her frocks?

            Luckily there is a growing majority in the UK who will one day get rid of the monarchy. The only question is, when will it happen.

          • Spanner1960

            “growing majority”?
            Citation needed.

          • thomas

            What absolute nonsense! If anyone seriously thinks there is “a growing majority in the Uk” who want a republic then they are totally out of touch with the British people and inhabit some twilight archaic socialist lala-land!

            The royal family especially the Queen and the young royals have never been more popular, both here and in Commonwealth nations such as Australia and Canada. So dream on those who yearn for some hideous republican dictatorship, it’ll NEVER EVER happen in your lifetime!

            And Congratulations John Barrowman, a great honour well deserved!

          • Alexander Kelso Shiels

            Well the British people are a bunch of idiots who cowdown to elitist who care for nobody but themselves. If the royal family are so good why dont they come out and denounce the despots? Oh! Their too busy looking after themselves. I would gladly chop their heads off!

          • Spanner1960

            Is that why they all work virtually every day of the year?
            How many pensioners do you know that still do that at 88 years of age?

            Fcking leftard moron.

          • Spanner1960

            Tyrants?
            The royal family have contributed considerably more to this country than you and your kind ever will, you despicable little leftard.

          • gingerlycolors

            Hear! Hear!

          • Alexander Kelso Shiels

            Like what? They sit in their ivory towers with all they can eat and drink and have lavish parties for foreighners while people of this country go hungry and homeless! Get real. Theyn are despots!

          • Spanner1960

            Last year, total government spending on all functions of the monarchy amounted to £7.9 million from the Civil List, £22.6 million in grants-in-aid for communications, travel and property from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and £4.6 million from other departments. That total of £35.1 million is dwarfed by the £226.5 million profit passed to the Treasury by the Crown Estate.

            The monarchy costs 69p a year for every person in Britain, or £1.33 per taxpayer. In return, besides the Crown Estate profits, there is the unquantifiable, but enormous, tourist revenue it generates. Claims that a republican head of state would be less costly are absurd. The German presidency costs about the same as the Queen, but how many tourists line the streets of Berlin to catch a glimpse of, er, whatsisname?

            In France, Sarkozy set an annual budget for his establishment at the Elysée of 110 million euros (£90m). Last year, the French head of state’s expenses were audited for the first time since the reign of Louis XVI; it revealed a flower bill of 275,809 euros and 3,000 euros in fines for late payment of electricity and gas.

          • Dazzer

            ‘undemocratically elected tyrants’? Oh give it a rest Mark Y. There are plenty of democratically elected tyrants in this world.

      • Spanner1960

        Like democracy had anything to do with it.
        You people always rant on about democracy until it goes against your own political opinion, and then you squeal like stuck pigs that it isn’t fair.
        If you did a referendum right now as to whether we should have a monarchy, you would get totally battered.

      • Dazzer

        Yeah, but the failure in your argument is that in most places in the free world that have democracies, they’re a popular institution and in most sovereign-led countries, the populace would vote to keep them.

        The idea that there is a universal and single concept of how a democracy works is simply false – and more than a little disingenuous.

        While there are many inconsistencies in the voting practices, the chances are that Robert Mugabe was ‘democratically’ voted in as President of Zimbabwe. Similarly with Vladimir Putin in Russia.

        You find it ‘quite sad and pathetic that anyone in the free world can still support any royal family’. I find it odd that someone would prefer George W Bush as head of state rather than the limited power granted to a Queen Elizabeth II or King Charles III.

        Your idea of democracy is no more developed or better than mine.

        Calling people ‘sad and pathetic’ is just infantile.

        • Spanner1960

          One man’s democracy is another man’s mob rule.

        • Alexander Kelso Shiels

          It’s the though of her and her offspring enjoying life to the full while others in this country starve, lets see them dole out some of the money they have gatherd at our expense! Let’s see Charlie give up his Duke of Cornwall estates to the people who live on it?

  • Alexander Kelso Shiels

    Well here we have another one join the establishment, if he had any decency
    he would have told them “To Stuff It for their support for Despots all over the World including the Countries in the Commonwealth who still carry out discrimination of us” But he he will not for like the rest of them they like the adolation!

    • de Villiers

      So gay people should not accept awards and be seen as positive role models for others? Do not be so miserable.

      • Mark Y

        No, I don’t believe people should not accept awards from homophobic unelected regimes. The queen is the head of the commonwealth, 46 of the 54 states of which criminalise homosexuality. She’s also an unelected head of state.

        You may not have a problem with homophobic regimes, but some of us have principles – or have you finally seen the light and turned your back on the homophobic catholic church? I doubt it.

        Do not be so stupid.

        • de Villiers

          Oscar Wilde wrote that good manners were better than good principles. You have neither.

    • http://www.leschardons.com waterbearer

      He’s hardly responsible for the discrimination against LGBTQ society any more than the Queen is. At least she (and her advisers) is making a statement in support of LGBTQ people at a time when they know it’s necessary (they read the news too you know).

      • Mark Y

        I thought you said she didn’t have any power above, therefore by your own idea of what monarchy is, the queen isn’t making any statement.

        The queen has never publicly made any declaration for equal rights for gay men and women. You’re deluded if you think she has.

        • Spanner1960

          Except that a considerable number of Buckingham Palace staff are and were openly gay. If the Queen or her family had any problem with homosexuals, I think that we would have heard about it by now.

  • Guest

    MBE for supporting Stonewall? I say

  • ██████████J

    Albert Finney. Millions of people just out of short trousers charge guns because of lords and Sirs giving orders from 20 miles away from any conflict. In the First World War.

    Second World War they wanted to negotiate with Nazi Germany. End of the war endless pompous films in late 40s and early 50s hooray Henry’s winning the Second World War in endless black and white films. The working classes dirty faces hiding in bomb shelters while the Lords and Sirs in Spitfires with a tally-ho, save the working classes. In reality the majority were Polish Canadians and very few hooray Henry Sirs and Lords if any. No wonder people switch to U.S. feature films.

    It’s not an honour to be given their honours it’s an insult. “cor blimey Governor God save the Queen we know our place”.

    • Spanner1960

      You are a despicable little turd.
      Those “Lords and Sirs” in Spitfires were often 18yo boys with less than 20 flying hours up against seasoned German pilots. They were getting shot out of the skies by the dozen. Those poor sods are one reason fat-mouthed lefties like you aren’t speaking German now.

  • Craig Young

    While I’m a republican too, congratulations to John and his lovely husband Scott. I can’t think of a queen who deserves this honour more! :)

  • Spanner1960

    Nothing like a pat on the back from one queen to another.
    Congrats, John.

  • wildseas

    Congratulations John! :-) It is well deserved :-)

  • gingerlycolors

    There is a time and a place for Monarchy bashing. Right now we should be congratulating that beautiful man on his MBE. I am pretty confident that Mr. Barrowman will not let his MBE go to his head, unlike one recipient whom I worked with who became a right Lady Muck when she got her’s!

  • barrowmanfan4ever

    Congratulations, John! I know it means a lot to you and for that I am happy for you. Your portrayal of the omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness was a true life saver for me. Goddess bless you and may all your dreams come true.

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