Is it a sign of the political times that, so far as Outsider can tell, no one of significant note in the financial services industry received a gong in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List? Apologies if we overlooked someone.
Outsider, of course, waits every year for the letter asking whether he will accept an Australia Day or Queen’s Birthday honour but, at this stage, accepts that despite his many years of service to golf, single malt and self-appreciation, he must remain unrecognised but he wonders why some others in the industry missed out this year.
Could it be that the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry makes recognising anyone in the sector a problematic exercise? Is there a risk that a recipient may at some point in the future be required to hand their honour back?
For what it is worth, Outsider did note that his erstwhile colleague Robert (Gottie) Gottliebsen received a gong for his contribution to business journalism.
Outsider reckons Gottie might also have been recognised for his contribution to financial publishing alchemy – turning a quid on the Eureka Report via the catalyst of Holt Street.
All that glisters is not gold.