Murray’s fantastic Wimbledon win at the weekend has seen the question of Knighthoods resurface. Personally, it is beyond me why he would even be nominated.
According to the official website of the British Monarchy, ‘While in past centuries knighthood used to be awarded solely for military merit, today it recognises significant contributions to national life.’
Perhaps it could be argued that the fact that the competition final alone was watched by somewhere near 18 million people, the chances are high that many people will be inspired to take up tennis. If tennis fever does sweep the nation, that is, of course, something to celebrate. And if national patriotism comes out of the win, that is an added bonus.
Nevertheless, the reward for winning Wimbledon is winning Wimbledon. Knighthoods should be awarded to people whose actions have greatly impacted upon the nation over a considerable time, or have made a huge difference to the world. Unfortunately, the title has degenerated into something meaningless, where winning is enough to almost guarantee an honour. Murray is no more deserving of a Knighthood than many others who already possess the title. Unfortunately the precedent has already been set with Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, to name but a couple; we might as well start dishing them out to anyone British who wins a medal, or perhaps give a few away in selected Kinder Surprises.
By no means am I taking Murray’s fantastic achievement away from him. His dedication, determination and skill are obvious factors which contributed to his deserved win. Having said that, he was doing his job. He was winning for himself, not for Britain. The criticism is therefore directed towards our government. I find it embarrassing that our British Prime Minister cannot ‘think of anyone who deserves it (a Knighthood) more’. What an insult to all the charity workers and other unrecognised heroes in Britain who contribute significantly to national life on a daily basis. Shame on you, David Cameron.