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'Dodgy Dave's' honours list controversy

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>> Some call it Cameron's Cronies, others Dave's Dodgy Dozen. UK tabloids giving their verdict on the outgoing Prime Minister's prestigious honors list. Peerages, knighthoods and OBEs for colleagues at the top of his operation, all the way down to the press office. Reuters UK correspondent Will James is in London.
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>> So it is traditional for an outgoing Prime Minister to do a resignation honors list to reward the people who were around him. But I think the reason why this one's been so controversial is partly because his two immediate predecessors didn't do it, so we haven't seen one of these for a while.
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But also because a lot of the people rewarded in this are people who are very closely involved in the Brexit campaign and are actually seen to have failed in their task of supporting Cameron. Cameron obviously wanted Britain to stay in the European Union and we're leaving, so it seems a way of rewarding failure and helping out your friends, that's why there is such a media outcry.
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>> At the top of the list, former Finance Minister George Osborne made a Companion of Honor, something only 65 people in the country can ever have at one time. Even Cameron's wife's stylist was named, a throwback to when David's hair dresser was seen on a previous list. Some critics are calling it frivolous and it could be a nuisance for his successor.
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>> One of the byproducts of this is that Theresa May, the current prime minister, said she wasn't going to intervene in this because it would set a bad precedent. And she's actually caught some of the flack for the honors list. It's given the opposition Labor Party something to attack Theresa May with, saying she should have stepped in.
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She's failed her first test as prime minister. So there are consequences to this, even though David Cameron's out of power, and on the back benches politically.>> British media now reporting that Cameron could be facing an inquiry to explain his nominations amid allegations of cronyism. If so, Cameron may find he's left behind more of a headache than a legacy.