FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Gordon Brown blocked plans to give Steve Jobs an honourary knighthood because the Apple CEO once turned down an invitation to speak at a Labour party event.
According to a report in the Telegraph newspaper that quotes a former senior Labour MP, the soft-faced and usually jovial Gordon Brown nixed plans to add to Steve Jobs' ego with an honourary knighthood despite IBM's Lou Gerstner, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Bono of U2 having been so honoured in the past.
Apparently this former senior Labour MP was the one who proposed Jobs for the touch of the sword for his services to technology.
The former MP, who left Parliament at the last election according to the Telegraph, bemoaned Brown's intercession and 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."
The Telegraph added that Gordon Brown waited until the proposal reached the final stages before blocking it. And anyone who says that sounds a lot like Apple's App Store software approval behaviour must be sucking on sour grapes. µ
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