- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 4, 2001

Noble: Her majesty, England's Queen Mother, for her astonishing display of long-lived nobility.

The Queen Mother turns 101 years old today, and while it's rather difficult to make a noble out of a current member of the gentry, the nation's favorite grandmother surely deserves the effort.

The ninth of 10 children, she was born a commoner, so much so that her father actually failed to register her birth for six weeks. It didn't take long for her nobility to rise however. As a teen-ager she helped write letters and run errands for soldiers wounded on the battlefields of World War I.

She had no wish to enter the guilded cage of royalty. In fact, she twice refused Prince Albert's proposals of marriage, much to the shock of Queen Mary. She eventually consented, and lived quietly with the prince until his brother, Edward VIII, adbicated the throne in 1937.

In World War II, Elizabeth became a living icon. She refused to flee to Canada instead, she learned to shoot a revolver, practicing at Buckingham Palace. She survived when the palace was bombed, and repeatedly toured London's other bombed-out areas with her husband, consoling those who had lost everything.

Widowed in 1952, the Queen Mother has remained in the public eye, a living representative of many of the best virtues of the British monarchy.

For noble service well beyond the call of common nobility, the centenarian Queen Mother is the noble of the week.


Knave: The Harvard Crimson, for an astonishing display of short-sighted hypocrisy.

Perhaps the Crimson's editors hope that the Cambodian typists they've hired will be too busy earning their $.40 per hour to look closely at the text of the editorials they are archiving. If the workers do get a break, they might read some of the Crimson's editorials in support of a $10.25 per hour "living wage" for Harvard employees this spring.

Crimson President Matthew MacInnis is not even red-faced by his excursion into low-wage Asian employment. He told a reporter, "Are we getting cheap labor? Of course. But you can't employ someone in North America to do this kind of job at this cost."

Admittedly, 40 cents is probably the living wage in Cambodia, and there is little doubt that the Crimson's Cambodian archivists will be at least as well-treated as anyone hired by Kathie Lee Gifford.

For its living example of high-handed, low-wage hypocrisy, the Harvard Crimson is the knave of the week.

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