The Queen has stripped President Robert Mugabe of his knighthood following the violence and election crisis in Zimbabwe. He was awarded the knighthood in 1994 by John Major’s Conservative Government. Five years ago there were calls for the knighthood to be removed, and then Prime Minister Tony Blair said he would look into the matter, but no action was taken. I am delighted that the pressure on Mugabe is increasing however I think that this situation cannot be resolved by mere words. Having said this the removal of the knighthood is a symbolic indication that Mugabe is burning all his bridges.