An Internet hit

Lord Norton

Baroness Trumpington

For those readers who are not yet aware of the fact, Baroness Trumpington has become something of a star on YouTube as a result of her gesticulation to Lord King of Bridgwater when he referred somewhat unflatteringly to the ageing of some of those who had seen wartime service.   I even had some of the Baronesses in my room gathering, with great enthusiasm, round the PC to watch it.

9 comments for “An Internet hit

  1. Dave H
    16/11/2011 at 12:33 pm

    How does Hansard report a gesture like that?

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      16/11/2011 at 2:01 pm

      Dave H: It doesn’t, at least not in the Lords. The Hansard report has Lord King’s words and nothing more. In the Lords, Hansard tends not to draw attention to anything other than the words spoken. In the Commons, there is more of a tendency to indicate laughter and other interruptions. Had the event being covered by someone from Hansard in the Commons, then I suspect one may have seen:

      ‘Baroness Trumpington indicated dissent.’

  2. Gareth Howell
    16/11/2011 at 12:34 pm

    The sign seems to be a downward one and not an upward one any more, and has nothing to do with a lack of victory, more to do with female play, and whether a man knows anything about it.

    There are so many signs to contend with.
    the Arabic “Death to you” sign which is like a rabbit creation of a child on a piece of paper behind a light, is an interesting one which Ms Brenton of recent Hansard meeting was contending with whilst reading out her research paper.

    It means no such thing in the English dictionary of sign language as far as I know; possibly just an emphasis on accuracy, which she believed she had obtained from her research.

  3. maude elwes
    16/11/2011 at 4:55 pm

    And more important than her V sign is the story of the real woman.

    No need for an all female list, no expectations of special ‘positive discrimination’ to make the grade. The woman was her own man.

    Today we are a different breed.

  4. Twm O'r Nant
    16/11/2011 at 4:56 pm

    Thank goodness I’m not in close quarters with people like that!

    The downward v sign….. victory for love making, and how to please a woman.
    The upwards one, victory for war.

    Scarcely surprising to find Lord King there with war.

  5. tory boy
    16/11/2011 at 10:44 pm

    What was the reaction of Baroness Knight, Fookes and O’Cathain?

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      17/11/2011 at 1:11 pm

      tory boy: I think I can reveal that they thought it was wonderful.

  6. tory boy
    17/11/2011 at 10:42 am
  7. 17/11/2011 at 2:00 pm

    What was Lord King’s reaction?

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