Begging letter shows that Dross can’t make it without the Rt Hon. Noble and Gallant Colonel Baroness. I wonder if she had to show him where to sign…

Now, I know that you’ll all be looking around for any spare cash you have in your purse, wallet, down the back of the settee, in a jar, under the bed, or wherever you keep your millions, so I won’t detain you for long.

I suppose the Tories’ Scottish Branch Office must be a bit hard up.

Maybe the dark money has dried up in these hard times when Ruth can no longer promise to have dinner with a Леди из России for a small consideration. Maybe Coutts has stopped accepting roubles… I don’t know.

Maybe they just want to get a better class of ermine collar for the Noble and Gallant Colonel.

1898 UK farthing value, Victoria, old veiled head
Munguin sorted out something for her from the second hand gold vaults at the Towers. The Noble one should undoubtedly get herself this costume.

But there is a warning to heed if you are about to contribute. Do not make the cheque out to Baroness Davidson.

For, sadly, the Noble Baroness doesn’t wish to be called the Noble Baroness.

I know… it’s weird, eh?

I mean only a few weeks ago she must have received the letter from Buckingham Palace saying that Her Majesty the Queen was minded to raise her from the proletariat and send her heavenward into that “select” (or not so select) class where the blood is as blue as a Tory rosette. A world where she could rub shoulders with the likes of The Noble Lady Moan of Mayfair, The Exceedingly Noble Lord George of ffoulkes (as long as it was under the table, of course)… the Grand Old Duke of York, and any number of other high borns.

BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary of House of Lords | Daily Mail Online
The Noble Red Baron working hard for Scotland.

Eh? What’s that you say?… Oh. Right! Um, well not him then.

Anyhoo, if she didn’t want to be called Baroness, all she had to do was write back in suitably sycophantic terms telling the Queen’s factotum that while she was touched beyond measure that Her Majesty had singled her out for such high honour, she felt that she was too busy being a full-time mum, and that, despite her being a Tory, she was, at heart, just an ordinary common or garden person of humble origin, unworthy of the honour, and why, she would be happy with a simple MBE which she would cherish to her dying day…. and sod the £300+ a day plus expenses.

But no. She wrote and accepted.

Indeed, the blood transfusion is already scheduled.

So, why does Ruthie not want to be called Baroness?

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I say, you chaps, don’t let on we’re Tories.

According to a party spokesperson, it is, “not the image the Tories are going for in the lead up to the elections”. They added: “ As Ruth is effectively leading the Holyrood party now with Douglas [Ross] in Westminster, she does not want the fact she is going to be a member of the Lords influencing voters. It just adds to that stereotype of Conservatives that we’re trying to move away from.

Soooo…. if it isn’t the kind of image that they want to portray in Scotland (and who could blame them for that?) why is her Nobleness, her Nobleness?

Answers on the usual postcards, please.

Thanks to Politicat (Twitter) for this…

46 thoughts on “CALL ME MADAM, NOT BARONESS”

    1. It may be because she was admitted to the Privy (I know, but that’s what it’s called) Council for being the Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party in Holyrood.
      She might lose the right to call herself that when she attains her more elevated status, but I really couln’t care less.

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      1. She’ll keep it for as long as she is a Privy Councillor, I think. But I don;t think Annabel Goldie was a PC, nor were any of the Labour leaders of the Scottish branch.

        I wonder if wee Dross will be elevated.


    2. I noticed her “Rt Hon” which I believe, in fairness, to signify that she is a member of HM Privy Council to which she was appointed by Mayhem.

      As far as I know, previous opposition leaders in Scotland have not be thus rewarded.

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      1. If true, as it may well be, could the reason be that she’s the only Conservative to have been Leader of the Opposition, I wonder?
        Or was McLetchie one during the LabLib coalition? But then it was a Labour government in Westmister, under Blair, so different circumstances! Who knows how their weird perverted minds work down there.

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        1. Annabel Goldie was leader in Scotland under Cameron… but Cameron reputedly didn’t like her (because she was clever, I suspect). But in fairness the party was 3rd at that time, so you could be right.

          Obviously there was also Jackson… but rather like in his ventures into business, he proved himself lacking in leadership qualities or political skills.

          Why exactly they think dross will be any different, I’ve no idea.

          I don’t think McLetchie ever was leader of the opposition. I think that was Eck.

          Correct me if I’m wrong though…


      2. I stand corrected, still it is curious someone who doesn’t want to be called by her new title using old titles instead. I wonder what she thinks the difference is?

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        1. 🙂

          The thing is that, once again, she has proved herself less that bright… and her spokesperson too.

          If that’s not the imagine you want to have, wouldn’t the best thing be to not accept the title?

          And if you do accept it and someone uses it, why get in a strop about it.

          Most people would have forgotten about it after a short while… now forever on social media people will make fun of her.

          She will, to me, always now be:
          Rt Hon,
          Gallant, (becasue she’s colonel, albeit honourary),

          I won’t make excuses for doing it. I think these titles belong in the 19th century at latest, but her silly behaviour in accepting it and hoping that people in Scotland wouldn’t laugh at her for it convinces me it should be rubbed in her face at every turn.

          The De Facto leader of the Scottish branch of the conservatives is an aristocrat in the House of Peers.

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  1. When Colonel Windbag becomes Baroness Rapeclause does that mean she’ll be able to done in a subsidised way with old Better Together colleagues like Baron Bottle of Cumnock, Baron Splendid of Flippinghome and Baron McConnell of Deposits?
    Well, I am pleased.
    Rule Brittanya.

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    1. Munguin isn’t a pleb, he’ll have you know and now you’re not either with yer coat of arms.

      You and Ruth eh? Who’d have thought it.

      Maybe, if she asks nicely, Andi will do her a coat of arms


  2. Hm. The way BoJo, DomCum and their nasty little regime are stuffing the Lords these days with lumpen, leaden Tory and other obnoxious political hacks, has-beens and fellow travellers, of whom Baroness Rapeclause is most certainly one, or even all three, one could be forgiven for saying that barons and baronesses are ten a penny, a dime a dozen, or even common as muck. However one phrases it, they’re certainly cheap, frequently nasty, and of as much benefit to humankind as the dead stoats they affect.

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    1. Instinctively, I object to the House of Lords. It’s plain wrong that the second largest house of parliament in the world should be a mixture of hereditaries, there as of right, religious leaders from only one church, again as of right, and political appointments of people who have supported prime ministers by words or loads of cash.

      I don’t doubt that some bring enlightenment or at least experience to the proceedings but how this is justifiable in a democracy, is quite beyond me.

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  3. “I wonder if she had to show him where to sign…”
    There is a big cross that looks like it’s been done in crayon in the bottom right hand corner.

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  4. Well that’s the best yet.
    What’s the aristocracy coming to in englandland?
    A baroness writing Begging letters to the population at large.
    Who would have thought they’ve dropped so low in the wealth stakes?
    But then the privy is still down the landing for me and my memory and the toilet paper was the daily reker, carefully torn into discrete sheets with a bit of string tied to a nail. Ah the thoughts of doing the same with the ‘not a baroness’ letter, in the field of duty to the state.
    Just think of it as a piece of junk mail from an ex prince of Nigeria who can put a few shekels your way IF you just give him your bank details and password.
    The onionists in Scotland are reduced to scam mails.
    Hope the non baroness doesn’t read that as some kind of slight on her.

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    1. Looking at this particular piece of toilet paper, did you notice that they have said that they need the money from Tory donors because the SNP has the wealth of the Scottish government.

      Isn’t that actionable?

      We do know, of course, that the UK government is spending several millions of our money on an advertising campaign to promote the union.

      But I’ve yet to see a government-sponsored ad for the SNP to win the next election.



      1. Well, according the the article below the UK Government are spending tax payers money on You Gov opinion polls.
        I would have thought that if the public purse is paying for these opinion polls, then the public should get to see the questions asked and the results ( and data sets should be published too). If Boris & Govey want to keep the results private then surely they should be paid for by private money.
        Anyway, how come its OK for the British Government to commission opinion polls but its not ok for the Scottish Government to have a one question opinion poll of the entire Scottish electorate?

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        1. Aye it’s not like them and their superrich donors couldn’t afford the odd poll.

          I guess every party commissions polls, and that’s fair enough, because they pay for them.

          But, I’m inclined to agree that if they are paid for by our money, we have the right to see them.


  5. So Brian Taylor was admonished ( which is proper posh for “bitch-slapped”) for addressing Ruth Davidson as “baroness”. Well, well. Anywhoo the noo, I’m just wondering if Brian ever gives Sarah Smith her full title…The Honourable Sarah Smith and addresses her as My Lady.

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    1. Hm. Certain persons of dubious antecedents and ascendants have on occasion called me a queen, Jake. But do you hear me shouting it from the rooftops that I do not wish to be so styled? No, you do not! Water off a duck’s back, Jake, water off a duck’s back.

      P.S. Did They ever take Jimmy Saville’s OBE off him, exhuming it from his grave, as’t were?

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      1. Probably not. They said the Sirhood was only for a lifetime… but it’s odd, in that case, that they went on calling Churchill Sir Winston, long after he died.

        So probably we should still refer to Saville as Sir Jimmy, particularly in view of how close he was to members of the royal family.

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  6. Top UK government lawyer quits over Brexit withdrawal agreement changes
    Jonathan Jones said to be ‘very unhappy’ about decision to overwrite parts of Northern Ireland protocol

    Jonathan Jones is the sixth senior Whitehall civil servant to resign this year ©

    The head of the UK government’s legal department has quit over Boris Johnson’s proposal to row back on parts of last year’s Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland.

    Jonathan Jones, the Treasury solicitor and permanent secretary at the Government Legal Department, is the sixth senior Whitehall official to resign this year, amid growing tensions between the prime minister and staff at the top of the civil service.

    The Attorney-General’s Office confirmed Sir Jonathan’s departure but declined to comment further. Mr Johnson’s spokesperson said: “We thank him for his years of long service and wish him well for the future.”

    Sir Jonathan did not explain his decision in a short resignation letter posted online. But two officials with knowledge of the situation told the Financial Times that he was leaving his position due to a dispute with Downing Street over its plans to challenge parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

    Those close to Sir Jonathan said he was “very unhappy” about the decision to overwrite parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, part of the 2019 withdrawal agreement, with new powers in the UK internal market bill.

    One person familiar with the events leading up to Sir Jonathan’s decision to resign said it had followed months of tension over the handling of the Brexit negotiations and legal disagreements with Suella Braverman, the attorney-general.

    Ms Braverman was appointed in February after the previous attorney-general, Geoffrey Cox, was sacked by Mr Johnson for making what one insider described as “uncomfortable noises” about the importance of abiding by international law. 

    Sir Jonathan is understood to have been dissatisfied with Ms Braverman’s initial interpretation of the legal implications of a no-deal Brexit, and requested official advice from the government law officers — Ms Braverman, solicitor general Michael Ellis and justice secretary Robert Buckland.

    Two people familiar with the discussions said questions were raised over whether government plans to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement were in breach of the ministerial code that obliges ministers to follow the law, including international law.

    In the event, the advice of the law officers was split, with Downing Street deciding to accept the advice of Ms Braverman. 

    The government is understood to have commissioned external advice which determined the government, while free to legislate domestically as it saw fit, would be in breach of international obligations if it legislated in contradiction to the withdrawal agreement.

    “Jonathan was one of the good guys,” said a person familiar with the internal deliberations. “He’s a man of enormous integrity.”

    Number 10 has insisted the new powers were “limited” and were needed to bring clarity to the protocol agreed and signed by Mr Johnson in October last year.

    The internal market bill will put powers in the hands of UK ministers to interpret the Northern Ireland protocol. But Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, is expected to insist in Brexit negotiations in London on Tuesday that the UK must implement the protocol in full.

    Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, wrote on Twitter: “I trust the British government to implement the withdrawal agreement, an obligation under international law & prerequisite for any future partnership. 

    “The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is essential to protect peace and stability on the island & integrity of the single market.”

    Theresa May, the former prime minister, criticised the government for its proposals in the House of Commons on Tuesday. “How can the government reassure future international partners that the UK can be trusted to abide by the legal obligations of the agreements it signs?” she said.

    Sir Jonathan became head of the government’s legal department in 2014, having previously worked as a legal adviser and solicitor at the Home Office, the Attorney-General’s Office and the Department for Education. He is also a barrister.

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    Sir Jonathan’s departure follows the exit of cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill, Simon McDonald from the Foreign Office, Philip Rutnam from the Home Office, Richard Heaton from the Ministry of Justice and Jonathan Slater from the Department for Education.

    Dave Penman, head of the FDA union that represents senior civil servants, said Sir Jonathan’s departure was “an extraordinary decision of principle” that represented “the very best values of an impartial and professional civil service”.

    “Civil servants, like ministers, have an obligation to uphold the rule of law: the ministerial and civil service code are both unequivocal on this,” he said. “It is, therefore, all the more extraordinary that the government’s most senior legal adviser has decided he has no choice but to resign over an issue that he presumably believes conflicts with his own and ministerial obligations, to act within both the spirit and letter of the law.”

    Charlie Falconer, the shadow attorney-general, said “there must be something very rotten about this government” if Sir Jonathan felt the need to resign.

    “This resignation indicates that senior government lawyers think that the government are about to break the law,” he said. “The government is trashing the best of the UK: we are a law-abiding country and the government have some serious questions to answer.”

    Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s chief adviser, wants civil servants to take more responsibility when policies go awry, but the failure of any minister to quit during the coronavirus crisis has heightened tensions. Mr Cummings has promised radical reform of the civil service, pledging that a “hard rain” will fall across Whitehall.

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  7. Josef Geobbels,
    ‘Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing’, ‘one fundamental principle is necessary’, ‘confine yourself to a simple point and repeat it endlessly on the media’.
    ‘I have no further territorial demands of Czechoslovakia’.
    A mad dog is running around in englandland and something must be done to correct it’s behavior.
    Don’t worry he’ll just rewrite the law to suit his purpose at the time.
    Get rid of anybody who is not on the same hymn book.
    Quote from our local private school students not socially distancing in shops, ‘ We’re ok it’s only poor people that die from the virus’.

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