Team GB may not be eligible for honours

Aug 19, 2012

From the Sunday papers: from Team GB medallists' gong ban to the V&A's new David Bowie exhibition

A NEW policy on awarding honours, drawn up earlier this year to stop time-serving civil servants and others getting their MBEs or knighthoods 'automatically', could also stop Team GB's gold medallists being honoured unless they have done exceptional charity work. Fearing a media storm, the government is considering scrapping the policy, says The Independent on Sunday

THREE members of Russian agit-prop punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years each in jail on Friday after singing an anti-Putin song in Russia's main cathedral. Now Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, who both have young children they have not seen since their arrest five months ago, fear their families will be taken into care, says The Sunday Times

TORY MPS are threatening a mass revolt, with their Lib Dem coalition partners, over rising rail fares, pushing chancellor George Osborne in the direction of "yet another policy U-turn", reports The Observer. MPs are to lobby Osborne and transport minister Justine Greening to put a cap on rail fares at one per cent above the rate of inflation after commuters reacted angrily to fare hikes…

TORY MINISTER Iain Duncan Smith has accused the BBC's economic editor, Stephanie Flanders, of "peeing all over British industry". He claimed that the BBC is institutionally biased against the Coalition's approach to ending the recession and added that the broadcaster always diminishes the role of the government in good news stories but "dumps" on it when the news is bad, says the Mail on Sunday...

AFTER 27 years, police are to prosecute another man in over the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham, London, says The Sunday Telegraph. A man who was under 18 at the time of the 1985 riots because there is a "realistic prospect of conviction". The original convictions - of Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip - were overturned on appeal in 1991…

LONDON'S Victoria & Albert Museum is to put on an exhibition of the life of David Bowie, part-curated by the man himself, and telling his story with his eye-catching costumes including the famous 'bunny leotard' created by avant-garde designer Kansai Yamamoto. The news has already sparked cries that the V&A is dumbing down, reports The Observer

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