I don’t think so Miss

Why I’ve decided it’s OK to accept an MBE from the Queen
Ms Dynamite

T’ain’t Brenda who decides who gets the MBE. Nor near all gongs – it’s politics which does. The Victorian Order is hers, so also, umm, Companion of Honour? Or is it Order of Merit? There’s a committee at Number 10 which decides on the rest.

And you’re going to be very lucky indeed if it’s Brenda who pins the MBE on you. Might find it’s a more minor royal, possibly even as Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

And, umm, yes, we do expect the English to know these things.

30 thoughts on “I don’t think so Miss”

  1. Translation – My long-held and deep-seated concerns about the British Empire dissipated once they offered me a shiny medal. I hear you get an extra grand for opening a Waitrose if you’ve got an MBE.

  2. I had long-held, deep, negative feelings about […] colonisation

    Go on…

    Honouring my Windrush grandparents and their sacrifices they made


    Btw, it doesn’t matter how much the establishment (and the Guardian in particular has form here) tries to promote racial self-abasement via lionising “the Windrush generation”, who heroically came here to save British businesses from the terrifying menace of paying higher wages.

    The public doesn’t give a fuck. It’s a forced meme.

  3. OM is the sovereign’s one. CH are government nominated and junior to the OM.

    All citizens of the Commonwealth realms are eligible for appointment to the Order of Merit.[10] There may be, however, only 24 living individuals in the order at any given time, not including honorary appointees, and new members are personally selected by the reigning monarch of the realms, currently Queen Elizabeth II, with the assistance of her private secretaries;[3] the order has thus been described as “quite possibly, the most prestigious honour one can receive on planet Earth.”[12] Within the limited membership is a designated military division, with its own unique insignia; though it has not been abolished, it is currently unpopulated, Lord Mountbatten of Burma having been the last person so honoured.[3] Honorary members form another group, to which there is no numerical limit, though such appointments are rare; individuals from countries in the Commonwealth of Nations that are not headed by Elizabeth II are therefore considered foreigners, and thus are granted only honorary admissions, such as Nelson Mandela (South Africa) and Mother Teresa (India).[1]


  4. allthegoodnamesaretaken

    Niomi McLean-Daley, aka Ms Dynamite, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and producer… who has made a massive amount of money and fame in this racist, manhating, cesspit of a countr… no, er, wait…

  5. For shame, are you saying she is not English?

    Funny innit? Emma Thomson gets bought off by a gong but insists on wearing trainers to show that she’s still awfentic, and Ms Dynamite has to mither about how she wrestled with her conscience. They all get mopped-up in the end, though.

    Well to the Big Tent!

  6. Although it has a whiff of cringe wriggle. Niomi is right. Her granny didn’t come here and settle in order for her grandaughters to reject the society she moved to. First admittance then acceptance then recognition of accomplishment. Sometimes it takes a generation or two, and who knows what those generations would have accomplished if Millie had stayed put. So yeah accepting it for your granny, is a good reason in my book.

  7. “I had long-held, deep, negative feelings about […] colonisation”

    Her father’s family is from Jamaica aren’t they? That’s the island colonised by black people rescued from slave traders by the British navy. So, *she’s* the (decendent of) colonisers.

  8. @jgh:

    ” So, *she’s* the (decendent of) colonisers.”

    Indeed. They are, as the current SJW jargon has it: ” Living on Stolen Land.”

  9. ““the Windrush generation”, who heroically came here to save British businesses from the terrifying menace of paying higher wages.”
    I think it’s worse than that, Steve. One would have expected the Labour Party & the union movement, supposed champions of working class interests, to have strongly opposed large scale immigration. But they were strangely restrained on the topic.
    If you think about it, it’s not hard to work out why.
    Increased demand for labour in the NHS & the expansion of the public sector would compete with jobs in industry. Where there was already increasing demand for products as the country moved out of the war-time austerity & into the expectations of an increasingly consumer orientated economy. The writing was on the wall in America. High labour costs encourages automation. Automation moves towards a smaller but better paid industrial workforce. But this would be against the interests of the unions, themselves. They’d see not only a reduction in workforce but loss of members as the employed moved up out of large numbers of semi-skilled manual workers into fully skilled more technical work. The ground would be cut out from under both the unions & the Labour Party, their political arm.
    So immigration had a double benefit. It kept the rank & file industrial sector union members down where they belonged. And gave an opportunity to unionise the immigrant newcomers.
    Of course, the result was industry delayed modernising factories & working practices until well into the 70s & the UK economy fell behind its major competitors.

  10. TomO: They could give me one. I’d quite like a CBE, then I’d be one up on a mate of mine. Of course, I haven’t done anything to justify that although a bit of my handiwork is in every TV sold in Europe (Yes, I go beet-red with embarrassment that it’s an EU directive). Also, I’m an Old White Guy so that subtracts 1 million points from the score.

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  12. For a taste of how the left can airbrush history, the Bristol bus boycott in 1963 is a good one. TGWU was very opposed to letting black people work as drivers or conductors.

    But of course, racism is only Tory toffs.

  13. AndrewC – Bristol lefties get quite aggy when that’s mentioned – there were some nice press clippings doing the rounds for a while.

  14. WTF? Services to music? She had a successful album about 15 years ago.

    I mean, FFS. Do black people really need tokenism in pop music? Or is it because she’s a toofer?

  15. “we do expect the English to know these things.”

    The royal “we”, Timmy?

    Thank God it’s only the English who are expected to know about this flummery.

  16. I confess a family tie, my dad having been a bus conductor for Bristol Omnibus having started in 1962. Probably only got the job cause he was white.

    They phased him out into the backroom staff when they went OMO in the late 80s then made him redundant in 1993.

  17. @Tractor Gent, December 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    “a bit of my handiwork is in every TV sold in Europe (Yes, I go beet-red with embarrassment that it’s an EU directive).”

    Which bit – a censor perchance?

  18. What has the much sentimentalised Windrush Generation contributed to the UK? Answer: not much.

    Many came here as anglophiles with a Christian upbringing, ready and willing to integrate. Except most didn’t. As in every society they join, the negroes largely sank to the bottom. In an increasingly secular UK, the Windrush Generation rapidly abandoned Christian marriage for the one-parent Afro family structure, which leads to low educational attainment and…grievance. The pattern can be seen in South America, the US and Europe…

  19. I have missed these wriggling articles about why a previously iconic or popular figure on the Left has decided, after long and agonising debate, to accept some racist, colonialist, imperialist, classist hangover of the British Empire.

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