I think a key point here is that brilliant as Wiggins, Ainslie et al are, they have achieved in sports that Britain has a track record of achieving in. They have had people to look up to and inspire them. They hace hsd a team of fellow competitors around them to gain strength from. Hence they knew before they got started that achieving at the highest levels as Brits was perfectly possible. Wiggins TDF was very much a team effort, (that's not to under estimate the achievement), Murray has done it alone. Who has there been to inspire him, and push him on actually in completions? Nobody, apart from the long dead Fred Perry. Tim Henman was good, but very much an also ran. I personally think that it makes the true magnitude of Murray's achievements even greater.
Nobody takes these things too seriously these days, (apart from idiot civil servants who get awarded them in leu of a clock at the end of their service), I think anything that makes him feel that his own country trully values him and respects his achievements has to be a good thing, even though it might well be embarrassing initially. Personally I think he damn well deserves it, particularly given the crap the press and establishment has given him over the years. He has worked so ruddy hard for the prizes, so let him have them. I can think of few fellow sportspeople who deserve it more.
but I don't think this is the right time for Andy to be receiving a knighthood - an honour which is usually awarded for:
* a pre-eminent and sustained contribution
* being recognised by peer groups as inspirational
* the impact of the contribution being felt at a national level
Perhaps at this stage an MBE would be more appropriate. This is awarded for:
* an outstanding achievement or service
* a sustained contribution
* a real impact
* a local role modelhttp://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/UKgovernment/Honoursawardsandmedals/DG_176568
F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton was awarded an MBE at the age of 24 after becoming the youngest winner of the World Championship, and Chris Hoy had already been awarded it before he received his knighthood at the age of 32. As I know nothing about F1 I can't comment on Hamilton's success but I can't believe Andy's achievements this year are any less worthy.