In addition to the Internationaler Karlspreis zu Aachen the good burghers of Aachen also present the annual Orden wider den tierischen Ernst, the “Medal for Combating Deadly Seriousness”. Its origins lie in an award voted to Mr J. A. Dugdale, the British public prosecutor at Aachen during British occupation in 1950. For having granted a German culprit reprieve from detention from Carnival Sunday to Ash Wednesday the Council of Eleven of Aachen’s Carnival Celebration Club gave Mr Dugdale an award as a token of appreciation.
The award is given to politicians, diplomats and lawyers across Europe for showing a sense of humour in office. A difficult job for the selection committee who have to choose a winner from a pool of candidates for whom humour and a sense of clownishness are not essential qualifications to get to the top of their careers.
This year Christian Lindner (pictured looking very happy to receive his award) joined an illustrious group of internationally renowned award winners from church, culture, politics and economy. His optimistic view on the issues of our time, his positive view of man and society, his trenchant remarks in regard to the future of a liberal and at the same time social society in Germany as well as his dry, Rhenish-humorous style caught the attention of the Aachen carnival association.
Boris Johnson really should be a shoe-in.
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