Nominating someone for an honour The honours system recognises people of outstanding merit, and those who have committed themselves to service to the nation. It's been around for centuries, but it was a closed system for many years. Only since 1993 has everybody been free to nominate.
Who can be nominated?
Anyone can be nominated, but only exceptional people are honoured. If you want to see your candidate on the honours list, make sure your nomination has what it takes to make it all the way to Buckingham Palace. Achievement comes in many forms but honours committees are looking for someone who has made a difference in their field of work or community.
Honours can be awarded for all sorts of work - paid or unpaid - but your nominee must still be involved in the activity for which they are nominated.
Before you make your nomination, ask yourself the following questions. Has your nominee:
•made a difference to their community or field of work?
•brought distinction to British life and enhanced its reputation?
•exemplified the best sustained and selfless voluntary service?
•demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship?
•carried the respect of their peers?
•changed things, with an emphasis on achievement?
•improved the lot of those less able to help themselves?
•displayed moral courage and vision in making and delivering tough choices?
(FROM THE DIRECTGOV SITE)
Child abuse scandalIn February 2008, Walker attracted considerable criticism due to his response to the ongoing investigation of child abuse centred on the former Haut de la Garenne care home. Walker's official position on the matter was that his Council of Ministers would ensure that there was no cover-up and anyone who had been guilty of child abuse in that investigation would be brought to justice.
Following an interview on BBC Radio Jersey, where Stuart Syvret had put forward the view that there had been a systemic failure within Jersey's child protection systems over decades, Walker was filmed retorting that Syvret was out to "shaft Jersey internationally". He was confronted with this footage by Jeremy Paxman on the BBC's Newsnight on 25 February 2008. In the short-term, continuing media reporting of the phrase was damaging to his reputation internationally and locally. However, on 26 February 2009, the BBC Trust, the BBC's own Editorial Watchdog, upheld a complaint from a member of the public and released a report criticising the Newsnight programme for significant failings in the conduct of this interview, stating that the interview had not upheld the BBC's guidelines on fairness and impartiality, that Senator Walker had been misquoted, that the reported exchange between Senator Walker and Syvret had been edited in a way as to misrepresent what Senator Walker had said and so as to mislead the audience and that the correction had not gone far enough in remedying the unfair implications that the quotes had suggested. Frank Walker stated that he was very happy with the outcome, and that he felt vindicated for what he felt was the low-point of his political career.
(FROM WIKI FRANK WALKER)
HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED HOW JEREMY PAXMAN'S NEWSNIGHT CONTRIBUTIONS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN PARED DOWN SINCE HE WAS REPREMANDED OVER THE FRANK WALKER STUART SYVRET NEWSNIGHT APPEARANCE?
WHO NOMINATED WALKER FOR AN OBE, AND WHY?