The Right Honorable

12 Aug


With all the political goings on, the actions of our gvt, the shenanigans of the Labour leadership quest and historical cases of varying kinds  I have been musing upon the title Right Honorable and what it signifies to a simple soul like myself.  I have discovered that I don’t think it can be a completely blameless person, as to be blameless one would have to be inert, of course pedants might be able to asign a blame of sorts to inaction (note to self: inaction may be one of the most perverse qualities I’d attribute to an MP).
I have discovered that it signifies to me a person who is able to accept when they are found to be or have committed an error, willing to accept responsibility for that error and then to try and address the issues caused by this error to the best of their ability whilst making sincere apologies. If it was not possible to address the issues, they would step down from their position as an act of contrition.  Historically this was a hallmark or accepted standard to aspire to for most folk whether from the gentle classes or of more lowly origins, it was generally called integrity, or good character.  Have we become so accepting of the spin and excuses of individuals that we no longer expect this standard to be enacted?   What does it say about the houses of parliament that this behaviour is almost extinct, it seems.  What does it say about us as a society when we accept the inaction of an individual without consequences that would be applied in other walks of life?

To my mind the passivity of the public in swallowing this has contributed slowly over the years into organisations and our own personal lives.  It feels as if it is far more common for a person to try and hide their errors, shift blame for them to someone else or even make excuses as to why this behaviour was deemed necessary.   I’m no angel by any means yet I would like to see more integrity around  especially in those who by definition of the title Right Honorable are the leaders whom we *trust* (cough cough, that was difficult to write!) to make decisions for our communities and our nation.  Change is needed on all levels, I’d better start with myself!

Namasté Jules

5 Responses to “The Right Honorable”

  1. traveller47 Aug 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    This topic raises two points for me. The first relevant (I think) The second for me going off at a tangent. Sorry Jules.

    Firstly, What we “baby boomers” see as ordinary everyday values, we see as slowly being eroded as new and more egoistic values take over. We are being desensitized by lowering standards in the press and media and so called boundary breaking behaviour.

    It’s not only our “Right Honourables” but also we the populace. How many times haven’t we made appointments with friends and family only to break them because something else cropped up? Or footballers (banal I know) sign 2-3 year contracts only to break them because another team offered them more. Or we buy something and return it because we have found something cheaper or better later on or whatever. It seems that we accept this behaviour in ourselves. Should we therefore expect more of our “leaders”? If so why, when we are prepared to accept this behaviour of ourselves and our neighbours?

    And now my “Tangent” think. “The Right Horrible”. Why do we put up with these stupid antiquated titles designed to divide and rule the plebiat? Right honourable, His Worship, His Lordship, Your honour, His reverence etc etc etc. Most countries left those behind aeons ago. You can still respect a persons job without them having a silly wig or costume or title!…..That is to say if they behave honourable!

    • julieanneda Aug 12, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

      I would concur with the first point at the erosion of personal and professional values of service throughout all strata of our society. It just seemed incongruent to me to use the term right honourable which is, as you mention archaic and a reminder of a system designed to keep people in their designated place in society. I was musing along those lines and decided to blog it, probably saying the same as you but formed in my own way. We are each responsible for attending to our own behaviours, although if one has purposefully striven for a place as an MP AND still use the outmoded form of address in my view it highlights how far away from the title’s implied behaviours the real behaviours are. As you quite rightly say and I intimated the behaviour is an ideal that would mark a person out as *trustworthy* or *honourable* regardless of how they are addressed by others ☺

      • traveller47 Aug 13, 2015 at 9:29 am #

        Oh Jules, you do pose some difficult and interesting conundrums. Conundrums that need copious glasses of wine around a big dinner table with trusted friends to discuss.
        I did understand what you were getting at so my rant was mostly a philosophical question for myself. And that is “should we expect more of these Rt. Hons than we do of ourselves”?
        After all, which employee hasn’t fiddled expenses? Which employee hasn’t lied to get what they want? What about adulterers, how many of those are there in civilian life? Cocaine sniffers? Users of prostitutes?
        You know I have little or no time or respect for politicians, so my question to myself is; should I/we expect more from a person with Rt. Hon in front of their name than just plain Mr/Ms? After all they come from a bent society and go into a bent fraternity.

      • julieanneda Aug 13, 2015 at 9:35 am #

        That was the starting point of my musing! Should we expect more? No, we should start with ourselves first always! Should we tollerate less? Exactly my point: what is the definition of Right Honourable in our society, I only show my thought train: Question everything and don’t passively accept convention. Active thinking surely will eventually culminate in action. Or am I just a hopeful dreamer? 😉

      • traveller47 Aug 13, 2015 at 9:39 am #

        “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

London Cottage Garden

Blogging about cottage garden style in a town garden


Ian Rotherham's Blog

Glebe House Garden

My week to week gardening diary

Life on both sides of the cell door

The story of my time working for HMP and then becoming a prisoner

Slavery was bad, okay?

These are the sorts of conversations I'm having in the 21st century. So I'm writing some of them down here for you.

Nathan Lee Davies

Author, poet, blogger and disabled activist

Counter Information

Uncovering the mainstream media lies

secular detective

Attempting a rational exploration of the issues of our time

Katyboo1's Weblog

The random jottings of a woman called Katy

The Heritage Journal

The Journal has been maintained since March 2005 to promote awareness and the conservation of the incomparable but often-threatened prehistoric sites of Britain, Ireland and beyond.

Stop UK lies & corruption

Can you afford not to see what your leaders are up to?

Expat In Bacolod

Stephen Bentley - Writer

Nick Lyall Raptor PPDG

Blogs from the Chair of the National Raptor Persecution PDG

TIm Lott's Writing Blog

Thoughts on writing fiction and being around on the planet

Bramble Garden

Country gardener nurturing people, plants - and wildlife


The strong tree bends and does not break--Laozi

F Yeah History

History...but better


Mainly a blog site about the rights and wrongs of Policing. Mainly.

Lothar Birkner

the author Lothar Birkner writes about literature and current topics

Robin M. Eames

poet, historian

Belfast Child

Remembering the Victims

The Chi Gardener

Channelling my chi energy, through the power of plants.


The Culture Of Now

Sports, Entertainment, Breaking News & Shopping

Ed Mayo's Blog

the power of co-operation

adrenalin ghosts

dreams and thoughts

Read After Burnout

Adventures in Everyday Madness Continuing

Duckweed Gardening

Sustainable backyard production of duckweed for feed, fuel, and fertilizer

Wetlands Steve

heritage and wildlife engagement.

Morgan S. Ray

Breaking The Rules

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Curated News and Information on Chronic Pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome


Reshaping Our Democracy

Dramatic Debi

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


My family and friends living with me.....and chronic illness


A disabled insomniac who crafts!!!!


The pretty good books of Susan Larson

There are still battles to be fought

A periodic blog on matters health, union, social justice, and the occasional random rant


Where discussion starts.....


Discovering we don't think inside the box or outside the box. We don't even know where the box is

Discordant Daydream

A vent of life's problems and delights

Grenfell Action Group

Working to defend and serve the Lancaster West community

%d bloggers like this: