British Heroes For Today
Morgan Stanley Great Britons '07... each has displayed the core British characteristics of adaptability, modesty, humour and determination. Together they say more about what it means to be British than a single definition.....
And here is 2007 shortlist
Damien Hirst (artist)
Sir Ian McKellen (actor)
JK Rowling (author)
Sir Ronald Cohen (founder, Apax Partners)
Sir John Rose (chief executive, Rolls-Royce)
Michael Spencer (founder, ICAP)
Shami Chakrabarti (director, Liberty)
Sir Ranulph Fiennes (explorer)
Marion Janner (founder, Star Wards Project)
Michael Boyd (artistic director, RSC)
Stephen Fry (actor and presenter)
Jonathan Ive (senior vice president of industrial design, Apple Inc.)
Jeremy Leggett (chief executive, Solarcentury)
Sir Jonathan Porritt (co-founder, Forum for the future)
Tim Smit (co-founder and chief executive, Eden Project)
Professor Colin Blakemore
Professor Sir Martin Evans
Professor Sir David King
Lewis Hamilton (F1 driver)
Ricky Hatton (boxer)
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (sailor)
What a depressing bunch, one or two or deserve to be on it I suppose but if they are what it takes to be British count me out. To describe most of them as oh so trendy establishment lapdogs would be insulting to lapdogs, but then the Bank wants winners who will put on the monkey suit and smile along side the Chief Exec for the publicity shots. As an aside I note none of them actually serve the country at the sharp end where bullets fly, so who should be on a real Heroes List? My quick suggestions, yours are welcomed.
Arts - J K Rowling is as good a choice as any - she has achieved her success of old fashioned books by unfashionable hard work without suckling the public teat.
Business - Heroes? - you must be joking.
Campaigning - Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Simon Hart
Creatives - Stephen Fry as he would be amusing at the awards dinner.
Environment - Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley for bringing some sense to the climate change debate in a very British way
Science & Innovation - Heston Blumenthal for making science digestible - try his spaghetti carbonara
Sport - Delete, insert Armed Forces.