Saturday, December 31, 2005

God calls Paddy God

Haven't waded through the lists yet, but checking a few news sources I saw the LibDem newsfeed had this one up; Liberal Democrats : Ashdown heads political honours:
Ashdown heads political honours
31 December 2005

Lord (Paddy) Ashdown, until recently the UN's High Representative in Bosnia, has become Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) of the Order of St Michael and Saint George in the New Year Honours list.

Lord Ashdown, who led the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999, recently stood down as the UN's chief administrator in Bosnia after three years.

Lord Ashdown and his team have been praised for their dynamic and reforming leadership in Bosnia, which has recovered sufficiently to be considered for European Union membership.
According to Tim, that means:
This is about the time to trot out the old joke about the gradations in the Order of St. Michael and St George. Commander of (CMG) means "Call me God", Knight Commander (KCMG) means "Kindly Call me God" and Grand Commander(GCMG) means "God Calls me God".
Lest we forget, this is the man who effectively built the LibDems from scratch into the machine Kennedy inherited, and before that served as, well, a "diplomat", and before that was in the unit that the US Navy SEALS are scared of would like to be. Not everyone likes him, but he's top on my list of "Best PMs we never had", and is likely to remain there for a long time...

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