With all this talk in the press about cash for honours, it really annoys me that people can think that by giving oodles of money, directly or indirectly, to a political party, that they can get an honour. What, other than being rich, have they done to deserve it?

My Dad was awarded an MBE for services to the railway industry and for all of the work that he has done in the community. That’s over 25 years at work and a lot more than that for his church and Scout Group. We as a family were really proud when it was awarded to him. But to gain a higher award for giving some money, I don’t think so. When you’ve worked for 25 years for the benefit of your local community, and not blown your own trumpet, then you can be considered!