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Roger Kimball

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December 28, 2011 - 10:04 am

The OBE.  That stands for “Order of the British Empire.” According to Wikipedia, the award has “attracted some criticism for its connection with the idea of the British Empire.” Which is pretty funny.  All those stalwart British imperialists running around the globe upsetting the natives by bringing them better roads, education, hygiene, the rule of law, etc., etc. Where have they gone? And what has become of the people who used to be awarded honors such as the OBE (motto: “For God and the Empire”)?  They are pretty thin on the ground. Which helps explain such phenomena  as the new OBE, awarded, e.g., to people like the pneumatic Michelle Mone, diva of underwear, a former model who, the Telegraph informs us, “created the cleavage-enhancing Ultimo bra, was awarded an OBE last year for services to the lingerie industry.”

“Services to the lingerie industry”? Who knew?  Lie back and think of England.

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