Apparently we Americans aren’t the only ones who boycott receiving awards for their design work. Lingerie tycoon and fashion designer, Joseph Corre, intended recipient of an MBE, a member of the British order, at the same time as architect Peter Cook was being knighted, stated in a short letter that he was refusing to accept for political reasons, largely due to Tony Blair‘s involvement in the ceremony. Here’s a little of the whole letter:
To accept this MBE as an honour would mean to me that I would have to accept the prime minister as someone capable of giving an honour — ie, an honourable man, which I cannot find it in my heart to do.
This in no way reflects on my opinion of the Queen, whom I respect and would be honoured to have as a customer. In fact I think she would agree with me.