I must declare an interest.
On this day last year I wrote:
Something has always puzzled me about the honours list and it's this:
Why no gongs for the likes of Deborah Arnott, CEO of ASH; Sheila Duffy, CEO of ASH Scotland; Fiona Andrews, director of Smokefree South West; or Andrea Crossfield, director of Tobacco Free Futures?
After all, it's titans of Tobacco Control like Deborah and Sheila who are often credited with introducing smoking bans and other measures that have saved tens of thousands of lives. Allegedly.
Surely they should receive recognition for their services to public health?
Well, there are still no gongs for Deborah and Sheila but, wait, what's this?
Great to see importance of tobacco control for public health recognised with Andrea Crossfield & Fiona Andrews receiving an MBE - congrats.— Smokefree South West (@SmokefreeSW) December 31, 2014
At least they're two of the nicer tobacco control campaigners. Next year, perhaps, they'll give one to Linda Bauld who comes into the same category (unlike some other people I could mention).
You read it here first.
Congratulations, Trevor Baylis!
The Forest supporter and former Pipesmoker of the Year gets a CBE to go with the OBE awarded in 1997.
The honour may of course have more to do with his inventions but you never know.
The BBC has the story here.
H/T Pat Nurse for bringing this to my attention.
Below: Trevor at Forest's 35th anniversary party in November