A confusing Knight

Baroness Knight of Collingtree
Lord Knight of Weymouth
This afternoon, Lord Knight got to his feet to speak to an amendment to the Public Bodies Bill.  However, the screens for some time carried the name of Baroness Knight of Collingtree.  Now if there are two peers that are not easily confused, it is Lord Knight of Weymouth and Baroness Knight of Collingtree.  
Not only that, it rather shocked Baroness Knight as she was walking back to her office to see on screen that she was apparently on her feet in the chamber!

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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8 Responses to A confusing Knight

  1. tory boy says:

    I like Baroness Knight a lot, what did she say i hope she saw the funny side of it! Can we not get Baroness Knight to do a post for this site, what she does in the lords, her interests, does she find the work load for a lady of her age demanding how does she wind down etc??

    • Lord Norton says:

      tory boy: She did see the funny side, though her first reaction was one of shock. I may try to get her to do something for ‘Lords of the Blog’. Outside her work in the House, she is busy with the Council of Europe; she is also very much involved with the preservation of Sulgrave Manor.

  2. Jonathan says:

    I’ve seen happen before now on TV. I don’t know if the two systems are linked (I’ll wait and see when the debate appears on Democracy Live later). Clearly they select the name of the speaker from a list, and so it’s easy to choose the adjacent name on the list. One error that sticks in my mind is when Lord Wei (Con) gave his maiden speech on the “Big Society”. The caption said “Lord Weidenfeld” (Crossbench). No-one would have typed that in by mistake!

    • Lord Norton says:

      Jonathan: Yes, there is no point in having to type in a name each time – just think of the mistakes that could produce!

      • Lord Norton says:

        I should add that in this case there was not an instant recognition of what had happened and Lord Knight had been speaking for some time before the name on the screen was changed. In our office, one screen had the live feed from the chamber and the other had the annunciator, so we saw immediately what had happened. It caused some amusement – Lady Knight arrived just after the screen had changed, but she had seen the screen in the corridor and, in her words, ‘I went cold’.

  3. howridiculousishowridiculous says:

    Dear Lord Norton,

    But is there such a difference? After all, Lord Knight was an actor and Lady Knight does remind me of a theatrical trooper. I say this most respectfully because, as I have commented previously on Lords of the Blog, Lady Knight is one of the female peers I most admire.

    Howridiculous.

  4. macarthursmutterings says:

    this did make me smile

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