Tuesday 31 December 2013

For God and the Empire

Warm congratulations to Dame Angela Lansbury, whose grandfather was Leader of the Labour Party.

For that then-rising organisation's trade union and municipal bases, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE, OBE, CBE, etc.) was very largely created. Tories and the even posher Liberals always used to think that it was a bit common.

In which vein comes the wonderful news that my old pro-life and then also Labour Party comrade, Clive Robson of Consett, has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

My grandmother has that. My uncle has the MBE. My mother's cousin also has the MBE, as has her father, and as did her maternal grandfather, my great-grandfather. And my godmother has the OBE.

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