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Former UK PM Killed Steve Jobs' Knighthood?

Two years ago, Steve Jobs was apparently all set to join the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bob Hope and Spike Milligan. He was recommended for an honorary knighthood by a former lawmaker who thought the father of the iPod should be commended for his contribution to technology. However, when the recommendation reached Downing Street, it was quashed by none other than former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

According to the London Telegraph, Brown put the brakes on the process because Steve Jobs refused to attend a major conference organised by the Labour party. At the time, confidence in the labor party and Gordon Brown was faltering and it is thought that an appearance from Jobs at the even in question could have bolstered public opinion.

Though the Telegraph sources the “unnamed former lawmaker” who made the recommendation in reporting the story, the newspaper also cites a spokesperson for Gordon Brown who insists he did not block a knighthood for Jobs.

Steve Jobs was today on hand to give his usual Stevenote speech at the unveiling of the iPad 2 in San Francisco.

  • princeofdreams
    What a load of tosh, a knighthood can only be given to a British subject, there is a minor honour that can be given to "Foreigners" called Knight of the British Empire, this does not allow someone to be called "Sir" the true designation for a knight of the realm, instead it is noted after the name as KBE. And only given in rare circumstances.

    The honour is approved by the queen after a recommendation from from the foreign sectary, and only in circumstances where an individual has done remarkable work in the interests of the British people or a specific industry with the UK, such as the case was with Steven Speilberg (Bob Hope and Spike Milligan are both British subjects and received a full British Knighthood) Speilberg was given his knighthood for his huge contributions to the British film industry.

    Jobs would never be offered an Knighthood, he has done nothing for the UK, he doesn't manufacture here, he doesn't share technological knowledge with the UK, in fact all he does here is sell products, Bill Gates would be far more likely to get one and he wont be offered one either

    This is just another media spin from Apple and as usual full of crap
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  • micr0be
    princeofdreamsWhat a load of tosh, a knighthood can only be given to a British subject, there is a minor honour that can be given to "Foreigners" called Knight of the British Empire, this does not allow someone to be called "Sir" the true designation for a knight of the realm, instead it is noted after the name as KBE. And only given in rare circumstances.The honour is approved by the queen after a recommendation from from the foreign sectary, and only in circumstances where an individual has done remarkable work in the interests of the British people or a specific industry with the UK, such as the case was with Steven Speilberg (Bob Hope and Spike Milligan are both British subjects and received a full British Knighthood) Speilberg was given his knighthood for his huge contributions to the British film industry.Jobs would never be offered an Knighthood, he has done nothing for the UK, he doesn't manufacture here, he doesn't share technological knowledge with the UK, in fact all he does here is sell products, Bill Gates would be far more likely to get one and he wont be offered one eitherThis is just another media spin from Apple and as usual full of crap
    i am speechless to how much WIN you just said ... "STANDING OVATION" ..... seriously
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  • rebus_forever
    just signed in to agree with the above 2 posters, sir steve jobs= sick in my mouth
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  • Von Death
    Seems like the guy who invented the iPad should instead be sent to the tower...
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  • DBarry
    princeofdreamsBob Hope and Spike Milligan are both British subjects and received a full British Knighthood)
    Bob Hope left Eltham as a child. He was an American citizen when he received the honorary knighthood.

    The fact that jobs had done nothing for the UK is irrelevant in this context; the point is that the Labour Government wanted to use Jobs to boost its flagging popularity.
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  • It's just an unsubstantiated claim in a newspaper well-known for being ant-labour.

    Since there is no way that Jobs would be given an honourary Knighthood (what exactly has he done for Britain?) then there was no "possible knighthood" for Brown to block.

    It's just all bollocks and a non-story; it's just politics as normal from an anti-left newspaper - nothing to do with technology here.
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  • JMcEntegart
    10067427 said:
    Bob Hope left Eltham as a child. He was an American citizen when he received the honorary knighthood.

    The fact that jobs had done nothing for the UK is irrelevant in this context; the point is that the Labour Government wanted to use Jobs to boost its flagging popularity.

    Also, Spike Milligan was Irish. He was declared stateless in the '60s and took Irish citizenship (his dad was Irish).
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  • princeofdreamsBill Gates would be far more likely to get one and he wont be offered one either
    Bill Gates already has one (an honorary knighthood)
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  • eyemaster
    Really? Why does Steve Jobs need knighthood? Or why does he deserve it? I didn't know just being CEO or something, made you eligible.
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  • Sicundercover
    Too many Folk receive Knighthood these days.
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