The Telegraph is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been nominated for an honorary knighthood in 2009, that was later blocked by then-prime minister Gordon Brown. Reportedly, Brown blocked the nomination because Jobs turned down an invitation to speak at a Labour Party event. The then-Prime Minister refused to knight Mr Jobs in 2009 […]
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Steve Jobs’ Honorary Knighthood Blocked by UK Governement?

Steve Jobs B&W Portrait.jpgThe Telegraph is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been nominated for an honorary knighthood in 2009, that was later blocked by then-prime minister Gordon Brown. Reportedly, Brown blocked the nomination because Jobs turned down an invitation to speak at a Labour Party event.

The then-Prime Minister refused to knight Mr Jobs in 2009 because he turned down an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference, a former senior Labour MP said.

Mr Jobs was put forward for the honour by the MP for services to technology. Apple is credited with revolutionising the industry in recent years with its iPhone and iPad devices, which have unleashed a boom in mobile internet usage.

Let’s get this out of the way, an honorary knighthood can be awarded to citizens outside of British Commonwealth countries as acknowledgment for their achievements.

To me anyway, this sounds like a sensational, tabloid-y article. Perhaps Mr. Brown did snub Jobs, but that just sounds childish. Surly Brown would understand that he’s a busy man. And even if Jobs is a liberal, as has been claimed, what has he got to do with British liberal politics?

God, I can’t wait to hear the comments on this one.

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