August 6th, 2013

Peers Confused By Twitter, Call Each Other Usernames in Lords

Reading his collection of Lords Hansards, as Guido spends all of his summer doing, he came across this bizarre exchange from last week. Confused Peers have taken to referring to each other with their Twitter usernames:

Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords… the noble Baroness, Lady Basildon, has given notice that she wishes to debate this order again today, so it may be helpful if I briefly remind the House of the order’s intention.

Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her explanation. I should point out that I am only “Lady Basildon” on Twitter; it is usually Smith, but I am pleased to have the Minister as a follower on Twitter. 

Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Basildon. My apologies for using her Twitter moniker in the Chamber; I will avoid doing that again.

There is no escape.

Via @davelee


  1. 1
    Missing Link says:

    Have you seen this one of Lord Willy of Weiner?


    • 19
      Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

      This twitter business is very difficult. I do not use it.
      I am yet to decide whether SC is gone for good.


      • 46
        Tay King-dePisse says:

        “…[W]hether SC is gone for good.”
        He is and he isn’t.
        But if we make any attempt to find out, that will kill him for sure.
        We must leave the matter as it is. Or not.


        • 49
          8illy Kebab says:

          Like many of the best commentators on this blog, seems to have been forced offline by some very funny, and some not so funny, trolling. I used to hate the trolling, but now enjoy it.
          However, with him we will never know if he is dead unless the box is opened.


      • 52
        gramma says:

        Probably just recharging his batteries, [and I do not mean his pacemaker or other associated titilation devices he may possess].
        Believe he had a sabbatical around this time last year.


        • 56
          Hat Tip says:

          He is posting full time as Two Dogs of Empiricism and occasionally as the Fifty Seventh Earl. The former for the pseudo-intellectual twatish stuff and the latter to attack (in the loosest sense of the word) his critics.


      • 62
        10.4 highway patrol says:

        re instate morse code … or at the very least chief inspector morse


  2. 2
    A dystopian future PMQs / Hansard says:

    Mr Speaker: Order Order. @owenjones84, your question please

    @owenjones84: Thanks. I totes think we should make all millionaires on the opposite bench poor and give their $ to us…


  3. 3
    Jack Point says:

    @ladymoribund Have you seen my new Bingo app?


  4. 4
    Lord Kitchener says:

    Lady Smith has been relieved!


  5. 5
    Sleazo Paines says:

    What next? Eric Pickles having liposuction? Oh sorry – that explains the ‘fatberg’ in the London sewers……


    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      It is all piling up on Pickles. Found himself being the anchor in a tug of war. They let go on purpose.


  6. 6
    Royal Baby Presents says:

    William Hague is reconsidering his Royal Baby gift in the light of recent tragic news from Canada:


  7. 7
    John Ward (Medway) says:

    What a tweet story…


  8. 8
    Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

    Fuck me.

    I don’t like mine, yet alone yours.


  9. 9
    The British Public says:

    Let’s just shut the fucking place down.


  10. 10
    Lord Tebbit of Semtex says:

    Don’t even think about tweeting me!


  11. 12
    Silent Bob says:
  12. 13
    E-fun says:

    If any of you have the time and fancy helping get revenge against online scammers, I got an email earlier from one of these hilarious fuckers who claim they want to share millions of dollars and all they ask in return is all your personal details to start with. Not for identity fraud, you understand! Anyway, this chap gave me his email address which I’ve already passed on to the police. In the meantime, we can have some fun using his email address for various lulzy and mischievous purposes, which is


  13. 14
    Rock on Tommy says:

    Why is there a photo of Cannon and Ball dressed up as women above?


  14. 16
    Anonymous says:

    WTF do this lot do again?
    I mean it’s not like we’d notice if they weren’t there is it?


  15. 20
    Silent Bob says:
  16. 21
    Sіlent Bob says:
  17. 22
    Sіlеnt Bob says:
  18. 23
    Sіlеnt Bоb says:
  19. 24
    Silеnt Bоb says:
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    Silent Bоb says:
  21. 26
    Heel Patch says:

    It’s Tat… (sock puppet).


  22. 27
    End Endemic Corruption says:

    A specialist team brought into Waltham Forest last year to clamp down on the fraudulent use of the blue badge permit for disabled people has found that four out of every ten motorists using the badges are not entitled to them.

    This fraud has been going on for years and years and years, while the Labour controlled council did almost nothing about it.


    • 31
      Nobby says:

      Half the fuckers who park in disabled spots showing a badge don’t have the disabled person with them anyway, which is illegal.


      • 38
        Unintended Consequences says:

        Because they issued so many of the bloody badges, the council has taken away twice as many parking spots than they needed to and reserved them for the badge holders. Meanwhile, local shops are dying because people can’t find a place to park…


  23. 28
    Heel Patch says:

    The silent bob is deafening.


  24. 34
    Wanda Ringhands says:

    Well worth the money aren’t they? Still it saves on a carer.


  25. 36
    illogical says:

    How can Claire Perry think of banning porn when you see the above picture and the obvious joy it brings to these two old biddies on their smart phone.


  26. 42
    Scotland Yard says:

    I think we have found who has been bombarding Stella Creasy with so much hate mail


  27. 58
    Owne Jones says:

    The left have found Twitter to be a useful tool.Not unlike Lady Doreen Lawrence.


  28. 60

    Got a lovely set of hamsteads, hope she won’t swallow them. These two twinks are in the House of Lords? Call themselves Baroness, I call it a liberty!


  29. 63
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Baroness Smith of Basildon aka Angela Smith. Elevated to the peerage for thirteen years of faithful and blind obedience to the party line and her union paymasters. One of Blair’s Babes and shameless self publicist (Ludicrous website with her “working hard”, “getting something done”, “handing over outsized cheques” and last, but not least “pointing, whilst frowning, at broken paving slab”). Experience prior to a safe Labour seat was two years working in the accounts department in a local authority and the rest of the time being a party apparatchik. Wouldn’t know a proper job if it jumped up and bit her. Beaten at the last election by a Tory ‘self made’ type. Consolation prize for her losing predominantly working class Basildon was the red benches where she faithfully does as she’s told by whoever runs the Labour party these days. Just like Pavlov’s dog, when you hear the bell ring, you vote as instructed.


  30. 64
    Gowrie says:

    This is odd: London Riots : this morning the TODAY programme on Radio 4 broadcast a live piece comprising two interviews on the London Riots … never once was ethnicity or skin colour mentioned, not once … that’s mendacity, BBC .


  31. 65

    The confusion is not suprising.
    I will mistake myself for a lord when not on twitter, from the age of 65. .


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