Much merriment that Beatrix Campbell has accepted the OBE.
But I for one am surprised that she hasn’t been given a peerage, since the House of Lords now contains any number of utterly unrepentant old sectarian Leftists of a certain generation.
Mind you, so does the Government.
And so does David Cameron’s circle, a Rippentrop-Molotov cocktail of old Hard Rightists from the Eighties (plenty of whose mentors are now in the Lords, too) and the future Lord Mulgan, who managed to straddle the worlds of Trotskyism and the Communist Party.
After all, both the sectarian Left and the sectarian Right were at once fogeyish and modish, and at once totalitarian and libertine. While one was in the pay of the Soviet Union, and the other was in the pay of apartheid South Africa and Pinochet’s Chile, both were agitating at home for the legalisation of heroin and cocaine use, of sex with children, and of all manner of other abominations certainly not tolerated in those days in Moscow, Pretoria or Santiago.
Indeed, both were behaving exactly as if that legalisation had already taken place. As, for all practical purposes, it now has.
They are the masters now.