We sneer with disgust at our scandalous Datukship-for-sale racket. But read this to see how the Brits suffer from the same disgraceful misuse of state honours. Their press call it the loans for peerages affair.
It seems that Tony Blair, the British PM, had personally authorised £14 million worth of loans to the Labour Party by secret benefactors. Coincidentally, some of those secret benefactors were subsequently nominated for peerages.
Maybe our political parties learnt that from our former colonial masters?
I envisage a Brit saying "My Lord, your cheque bounced. You're now back to Mister."