The Telegraph writes that Steve Jobs was in the final stages of approval for knighthood until he had the audacity to turn down an offer to speak at Labour’s annual conference.  Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in retaliation, yanked him from the process.  This according to an outgoing Labour Party MP.

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.

The former MP, who left Parliament at the last election, said: “Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced.

“No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment.”

Apple was aware of the proposal, he said, and it reached the final stages of approval, but was rejected by Downing Street.

Bill Gates was of course Knighted in 2005 and Blackberry salesperson Bono also gets the ‘Sir’ prefix so clearly they have no idea what they are doing over there.

In other news from the UK, Apple’s VP of Industrial Design, Jony Ive is at loggerheads with Apple over his desire to work from the UK so his children can get a proper British education.  Ive apparently can’t stand his kids talking with a California accent?

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