Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thanks to Recusant's comment, I have discovered the single greatest newspaper article ever written anywhere. Beatrix Campbell explains why it's okay to accept an OBE in spite of the fact that 'the archaism of our constitution hails values that are inimical to the values that are being celebrated by the gong.' She got her 'gong' - she loves that word - for services to equal opportunities. Equal opportunities are 'inimical' to an honours system 'clothed in royalty and imperialism'. And yet they still gave her the gong and Bea feels comfortable accepting it because, in spite of being royal and imperial, it celebrates the radicals as being 'the best of British'. Personally I think the rabbit was in the hat all along.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 3:08 pm