Rotting From the Head

When you find an organisation that is undertaking some critical task for society, and undertaking that task badly, or incompetently or in ways which are scandalous, and you dig deep into the organisation you usually find at its head someone you has been knighted. The National Health Service is headed by Sir David Nicholson; that organisation has not been free from scandals and incompetencies of many kinds. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority chairman is Sir Ian Kennedy, who managed to decide that Members of Parliament should get a rise of 11% per annum while most of the rest of the workforce of the country for whom MPs make laws experience in real terms a fall in income year by year.

Unfortunately, these bosses are not very perfect gentle knights. Would be unkind to remind ourselves that a fish rots from the head and it seems that knighthoods hasten the process?