There are many people who got/get knighthoods for just 'pushing a desk' in Whitehall, so why not Beckham?
I have no great feelings about the man, or his wife, but he seems to me to have represented his country for many years with distinction. I don't follow these football matters closely, but I'm not aware of any great 'scandals' surrounding him, or his wife, so what's the problem?
High profile individuals, where one tend to think, They only play a sport, get paids lots, what did they do for the country? Then dig a little deeper only to find that their 'Off pitch' activities, are what is all about- Charity/community work especially. This is true to very often with 'Captains of Industry' They are not all bought with Political donations.
Both the man and his wife appear to have many charities they support, he is a UNICEF ambassador among other things and she has many children's charities on her list - so they do seem to be qualified in that respect, then.
At one time getting a knighthood meant the recipient had done something extraordinary for the country. Now, it appears, it is possible to get one for being negligent (as in the case of some bankers for example) or simply doing something you enjoy and pays a lot of money. Intelligence, care, ability and the selflessness simply doesn`t come into it.
Well I am not a great believer in Knighthoods for "celebs" but I think DB is a great role model to children. He is a great professional and as far as I know from seeing him on telly he comes accross as a geniunely nice guy. If he were to get a KH I would'nt be bothered either way. After all the banking industry is littered with people who have received KH for running the country into the ground.
I must take issue with your view that "intelligence" is a knighthood requirement. Presumably then, only people with an IQ above a certain level are acceptable? Or how would you define 'intelligence'?
Trying to be fair, Beckham isn't necessarily the sharpest knife in the box, but, from what I have seen, he has been a good youth role model - no , drugs, drink etc. (but I may well be wrong, as I don't follow football closely). However, compared to Archer, et al, he seems like a breath of fresh air. Good Lord, it almost seems as if I'm proposing him, now!!
fourm member Yes I did take your 'rumour' point, isn't that how all knighthoods are done, anyway???!