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HARRY COLE: No Sir, Keir Starmer does not care for his privileged title

HARRY COLE: No Sir, Keir Starmer does not care for his privileged title
When the Commons Speaker on Wednesday said: ‘I now call SIR Keir Starmer’ – with a heavy emphasis on the ‘Sir’ – his deference surprised many Labour MPs.
For the Opposition are keen to play down the fact their new leader is a knight of the realm. 
Not only is it not very socialist but it’s a reminder that it was a reward for his controversial tenure as Director of Public Prosecutions. 
In 2019 he had become the Rt Hon ¿ happy to add Privy Council status but still not the knighthood. Not surprisingly, lefties at the BBC are happy to pander to this titular sensitivity, describing him as plain Keir
In 2019 he had become the Rt Hon – happy to add Privy Council status but still not the knighthood. Not surprisingly, lefties at the BBC are happy to pander to this titular sensitivity, describing him as plain Keir
When newbie MPs start at the Commons, they are asked how they wish to be addressed. 
In 2015, Hansard identified the new MP for Holborn and St Pancras as ‘Sir Keir Starmer’. 
What¿s the view of the Queen, whose son Charles knighted Starmer in 2014, as pictured
What’s the view of the Queen, whose son Charles knighted Starmer in 2014, as pictured
But eight days later, when he made his maiden speech, official Commons records have our liege down as plain old Keir Starmer.
In 2019 he had become the Rt Hon – happy to add Privy Council status but still not the knighthood. 
Not surprisingly, lefties at the BBC are happy to pander to this titular sensitivity, describing him as plain Keir.
But what’s the view of the Queen, whose son Charles knighted Starmer in 2014, as pictured, right?
Perhaps he might never have got the gong if it had been known, as he later admitted: ‘I never liked titles.’ 
 
Civil service panjandrums behave grandly at the best of times, but I hear Department for International Trade Permanent Secretary Antonia Romeo has outdone her fellow Whitehall chiefs. 
The exuberant official has appointed her own personal press secretary in a break from bureaucratic convention.
 
It is now six months since border cops seized £70,000 in bundles of cash from the luggage of the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, the former Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, as he left Gatwick Airport. The police were given a deadline – which expires this week – to investigate the source of the money. 
So hopefully soon we’ll learn the truth. But life blithely goes on for Douglas, as he puts himself forward once again to be leader of the tiny Caribbean paradise. 
It is now six months since border cops seized £70,000 in bundles of cash from the luggage of the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, the former Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, as he left Gatwick Airport
It is now six months since border cops seized £70,000 in bundles of cash from the luggage of the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, the former Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, as he left Gatwick Airport
 
British boffins are furious Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche was given approval to produce a coronavirus antibody test when firms in this country making equally accurate kits have been rebuffed. 
Was it because Roche’s chief lobbyist, Sara Argent, worked for Boris Johnson when he was London Mayor? Certainly, Public Health England (PHE) is being blamed
My man in a white coat says: ‘PHE screwed up testing in Phase One. Now they want to control everything. It seems very odd they are shunning companies on our doorstep.’ 
With the head of the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association also on the warpath, this row won’t end nicely.
 
Just when you assumed he might be busy weeding his allotment, I hear Jeremy Corbyn is looking to pen a tell-all book about his ‘brilliant success’ as Labour leader. 
How hypocritical, though, for a man who despises red-top newspapers, to be looking for a tabloid hack to ghostwrite it for him.   
 

MPs on top of their briefs

Anyone who thinks the Government falls short in its response to Covid-19 would do well to look at some Ministers’ Instagram posts. Johnny Mercer, left, and Guy Opperman both revealed that they addressed the Commons remotely last week while formally dressed only from the waist up. 
Their hairy legs were out, but happily kept from view... 
Johnny Mercer is pictured above
Guy Opperman is pictured above
Johnny Mercer, left, and Guy Opperman both revealed that they addressed the Commons remotely last week while formally dressed only from the waist up

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