Don’t they know who I am?

I did not speak during the marathon session on Monday but for different reasons I was referred to by three peers.  However, it appears that it may not only have been peers who were tired.  Lord Anderson referred to me by name three times and each time Hansard prints my name as ‘Lord Norton of Lough’!   

I’ve only been a member for thirteen years.

UPDATE: Hansard are correcting the electronic copy.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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25 Responses to Don’t they know who I am?

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    I am surprised to hear that of Hansard reporting but in every other form of reporting it is common to get things wrong beyond all excuse. That includes gratuitous editing of the names of the reporters into odd constructions…

  2. Khemvirg Puente says:

    The main Mexican TV News show interviewed somebody yesterday and they identified him as Philip Norton, Director of the Centre of Legislative Studies, however, he is not Philip Norton!! Look at the picture!

  3. Eddie says:

    I spotted that. I thought you might be upset! How dare they not know the correct spelling of a place name in God’s own country.

  4. David Morris says:

    At least he got your name right! Making a mistake with that would have been much more embarrassing.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Indeed. Jack Straw once referred to me as ‘Lord North’ when before the Constitution Committee! Mind you, on another occasion in the Commons, he also managed to mis-pronounce Louth.

      • ladytizzy says:

        So, did Mr Straw pronounce Louth as in ‘Prof’, ‘mouth’, or ‘enough’?

      • Lord Norton says:

        ladytizzy: As in ‘tooth’.

      • Lord Norton says:

        I should add that as in ‘mouth’ is the correct pronunciation!

      • franksummers3ba says:

        Lord Norton,

        I doubt that you fought over it not being some uncouth youth. Doubtless you did not find it tough to close your mouth or mask with a cough any urge to be say “enough”. But it ought to be said that anyone is a bit rough if like Straw they cannot end a drought of silence when pronouncing a word with “ou” in English which is new to them. It is not like “plough”” and bough are much used now. Most use only “plow” and oh well. It may be a proud Scot would resent it but surely it is the simplest of things. No foreign africatives but a sound malleable as dough. Is it not?

      • franksummers3ba says:

        Lord Norton,

        Perhaps I did not think it through. It may be a bit of a slough one could fall into. Perhaps it is frought with a rough lack of courtesy to Minister Straw. will not flout the social tolerances of this blog. Put some extra coutesy to Mr. Straw in an IOU.

  5. Carl.H says:

    It`s been going on since 2002-3.


    Philip The Lord Norton of Lough is Professor of Government at the University of Hull

    Professor Lord Norton Lough submitted that a wholly or part elected
    chamber would be anti democratic and gives the example of a situation in which a bill
    had popular support but one of the two elected chambers rejected the measure.

    Page 35

    Session 2003-4
    House of Lords Constitution-Minutes of Evidence

    Norton of Lough, L (Chairman)

    I could probably go on finding evidence of this error.

  6. djb13 says:

    I think I’ve heard your name referenced several times during this debate on coalition politics. I think mainly by Lib Dems as well. You’re clearly a peer with cross bench (and Crossbench) support.

  7. Jonathan says:

    The Yorkshire Post did once refer to you as Lord Norton of Lout, which is an unfortunate thing to call you

    This slightly dodgy-looking educational site says you are Lord Norton of Hull (which won’t please anyone from Lincolnshire):

    And here you are Lord Norton of of Louth:

    • Lord Norton says:

      Jonathan: On occasion, I find that when filling in an online form the number of available characters is such that my name ends ‘of Lout’. I sometimes receive mail addressed to Lord Louth, Lord NO Louth, Professor Louth, and similar (even Lord North!), but I don’t recall ever being addressed as Lord Norton of Hull.

      • Eddie says:

        but I don’t recall ever being addressed as Lord Norton of Hull.

        To the eternal detriment of the fine City of Hull.

  8. Lord Norton says:

    I should add that I wasn’t expecting this post to encourage such extensive research by readers!

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