"Former Flatmate wants to know which member of the National cabinet was so desperate to be titled 'Sir'."
Former Flatmate pretty much sums up my feelings on the decision to reinstate knighthoods. I never really understood the fascination with the whole knighthood thing, it all seems a bit knaff. It isn't that I don't think we should celebrate success and honour achievement, it's just think there are better ways to do so then resurrecting a bygone era and New Zealand's previous ties to a faded empire.
But without the honours system however will we know that were in the presence of someone who did great deads? Hmm call me a cynic but I'm pretty sure Edmund Hillary would have been huge with or without the title attached and in my experience the people who want others to make a big deal of the letters either before or after their names are generally those whose achievements aren't widely fantastic as they think they are.
The whole debate reminds a bit of how some engaged women get all excited about becoming a Mrs and insist on its usage post-nuptial. Yes it's great you got married but can move onto something else pretty, pretty please?