UK Westminster House-of-Lords “public-reach-out”

Currently :-

From Dame to Baroness

by Lord Norton • 14/05/2018 •

In a post on my blog a couple of years ago, I drew attention to the fact
that some Baronesses who previously had been made Dames
were still referred to on occasion by the BBC as Dames.  Baroness Grey-Thompson,
for example, was sometimes referred to as ‘Dame Tanni’
this some years after her elevation to the peerage.


This sadly also happened at the weekend following the death of Baroness Jowell.
Despite the BBC showing clips of her introduction to the House of Lords
and of her moving speech in the House in January,
they referred to her as ‘Dame Tessa Jowell’.
She was also referred to as such throughout the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
She was Dame Tessa in the period between 2012, when she was made DBE,
and 2015, when she was elevated to the peerage.  She then became Baroness Jowell.

I did report the error to the BBC News Online website
and they have now corrected their reports, referring to her by her correct title.

As I noted in my original post, it is not clear that the BBC appreciate the difference.
As I also mentioned, I am not sure it is a mistake that would be made in referring to a male peer who was previously a knight.
Clearly, some missive needs to go round the BBC to ensure that there is no repetition.

comments for “From Dame to Baroness”


15/05/2018 at 3:18 pm

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Very well; Lord Norton, the BBC is quite evidently “remiss” there.

However, a propos the BBC’s much wider and “survival-vital”
“fitnesses-for-many-&-various-other-purposes” –

it strikes me as being more serious and of much higher priority
that the BBC,
being the only medium that can deliver video-visual all-round-information and generic-education to the Lifeplace-Public
should launch a channel 24/7 devoted to screening advances and “neglects”, in Individual Human Development,

and should therein deliver educational-demonstrations
of hitherto neglected and excluded advances.
Demonstrations of
Non-Adversary Cooperative Problem Solving –

‘Self, Lifestyle, and Civilisation Co-Sustainworthying’ Enablements;
purely lifeplace, individual-&-mutual educational oeuvres in

‘Holistic-Health, Wellness-&-Sustainworthy-Lifestyle Building’ .

Eminently “civilisation-foundations-improvingly”
the BBC could and should include single demonstrational videos, and also “short-courses”, in
“The Method lll ‘No-Lose’ Needs-&-Hows Recognition and Cooperative Problem Solving” ;
in “Improving both ‘lifeplace-social & interpersonal’ and ‘participatively- democratic’ – communication
by demonstrating the
“13 Roadblocks to Human Communication and how to overcome them”

Both of these human-development advances could be had from “People Skills” by Robert Bolton;
But we also nee to be able to see it happening, to ‘witness’ its do-ability.
Such a virtually “human-civilisation-constitutional foundations-advance” would also tend to ensure that
as well as comprehensive governance and lifeplace clarity-of-communication and constructivity rising,

mis-identifications and mis-reportings of peers, dames, and knights, would no longer occur either.