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Honours listless

The Diary swelled with pride last week at the announcement that no less than 17 people involved in the financial services industry were honoured in the Queen&#39s New Year&#39s honours list.

And only seven of them were employees of the Department for Work and Pensions, which means 10 genuine financial industry notables got merits for their work in the industry. Ok, well if you take out other civil servants such as post office and Treasury employees or Government committee members, you are left with three. Nice to see the private sector so well thought of in comparison to the public sector.

But that&#39s still an excellent showing for such an influential industry like ours. Although to be fair, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group chairman Mark Cornwall-Jones received his honour for services to the church so he only counts for a half.

Still, that leaves us with one-and-a-half more honours than cheese graders and hairdressers received and for that the industry should be proud.

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