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... She became queen in 1952. This was a time when Britain was still an empire, Britain still had huge numbers of imperial possessions. It was a very homogeneous society. It was very socially disciplined. It was very christian. It was extremely honest. I mean, corruption was almost unheard of in British public life at that time. Where the leadership, people who occupied positions of authority, did so with a very strong sense of responsibility. I mean, this is something that developed over a long time, hadn't always existed, but in 1952 people in positions of authority did feel responsible for, you know, what happened and what they did.

There's a very famous case around the time when the queen became queen in 1952 when a British minister went to the House of Commons, said something in complete good faith. He gave a report to the House of Commons about something his ministry had done which was in complete good faith. It then turned out that it was wrong, and the House of Commons had been misled, and that minister felt obliged to resign. He decided that because he said something to the House of Commons that wasn't true, he felt that he had to resign. Well, that is inconceivable today. The queen in a kind of a way, she remained that. She continued [GESTICUALTING] to follow the ethos of the world that Britain, the kind of Britain, that she became queen of in 1952. She never evolved, if you like, out of it....

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by Cat on Sun Sep 11th, 2022 at 10:57:51 PM EST
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