My thanks to a loyal reader, who penned me an email today concerning Homer's recent elevation to Damehood.
So annoyed at the elevation was he, that he wrote to his MP who then passed on the letter to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat which was replied to by a Team Leader of Honours Operations.
Here is an extract of the response:
"Honours nominations are considered by one of 9 honours committees, each chaired by and comprising a majority of independent members who are selected after open advertising. The chairs of the 9 honours committees then take their recommendations to the Main Honours Committee and agree the final list for submission through the PM, to the Queen.I wonder if these people are living on the same planet as the rest of us?
The nomination for Lin Homer, like any other, was considered on merit by the relevant independent committee, in this case the State Committee. The Committees are particularly concerned to recognise those who have gone beyond their jobs and who put something back into society to their profession.
This is particularly the case for candidates on the State Committee's list........
DAME COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BATH Linda Margaret Homer CB Lin Homer has a track record in taking on some of the toughest and highest profile jobs in government.
Having transformed Suffolk and Birmingham County Councils, she ran immigration and asylum services in the Home Office for more than five years.
As Permanent Secretary of the Department for Transport, she guided the department through the highly complex HS2 consultations.
Now Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs, she has met the department’s financial targets with fewer staff and improved staff engagement figures. She supports the Alzheimer’s Society, the Business Disability Forum and the Speakers for Schools initiative
I regret I am not able to comment further on individual awards.
I can only offer my assurance that honours committee consider nominations very carefully before making their recommendations and expect to see individuals going beyond expectations in their contribution to their profession, community and/or public life."
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