How little they know…

We get a lot of lobbying material.  Much of it is clearly part of a mass mailing.  Some is well targeted.  Some is not.  I have just received a letter which begins: ‘Dear Lord Norton, Given your interest in sports…’.    Next thing you know, I’ll be receiving a letter saying ‘Given your interest in Country and Western music..’.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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14 Responses to How little they know…

  1. Croft says:

    Table tennis is a sport surely 🙂

  2. CRAiG B says:

    Ooh, who wrote to you? Name and shame!

    To be fair:

    1) the word ‘sports’ isn’t strictly limited to a plural of singular sporting competitions – you can be a ‘sports fan’ and not necessarily love more than one discipline.

    2) as you do walking for fitness (not just getting from A to B) and occasional table tennis, that does count as 2 modes of exercise…


    Mind you, it seems the organisation writing didn’t do its research first. Challenge them to a match on one of the new public table tennis tables set up for London 2012!

    • The Duke of Waltham says:

      My impression was that the plural form of the word (in this context, at least) was an Americanism…

      On another note, I would advise Lord Norton to avoid in the future such offhand remarks about the Country music lobby, which, as most Westminster insiders know, is extremely powerful.

      • Lord Norton says:

        The Duke of Waltham: As long as the Country music lobby isn’t powerful within Westminster…

      • Carl.H says:

        “As long as the Country music lobby isn’t powerful within Westminster”.

        They would be but they`ve had to go home to the wilds cos their dog has died, the wife has left them, the house is being repossessed and the Feds found their still.

    • Lord Norton says:

      CRAiG B; And the table-tennis tables are to be found at?

  3. CRAiG B says:

    here’s the project –

    last weekend they employed table tennis pro’s at specific locations to help newbies –

    map of locations here –

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