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                    A peer of the realm is one who holds a title of nobility and the estate bestowed upon him by the monarch. Although other members of his family might be addressed as "Lord" and "Lady," they are not peers; their titles are all courtesy titles, including his wife's (although she is usually called a "peeress").  A duke or duchess is addressed as "Your Grace" by social inferiors and as "Duke" or "Duchess" by social equals.  All other peers and peeresses are called "Lord" or "Lady." 

   The five titles, in descending order of precedence, or rank, are: 






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Aug 20, 2018 09:37AM

Losing members?

Since the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 was enacted, over eighty peers have utilised its provisions to retire from the House. This is now the most extensive route by which the House loses members.  However, we still lose members through death.  Last year, nine peers died.  This year has seen a somewhat greater loss. …

Aug 20, 2018 09:02AM

Loss of Sir Peter Tapsell

The House of Lords has lost a number of members through death over the past few months.  The Commons has also just lost a former senior member in the form of Sir Peter Tapsell.  He was Father of the House of Commons from 2010 until his retirement in 2015 and came across as the grandest…

Aug 16, 2018 04:54AM

Good News for the UK and the World

Christian Healing UK is bringing together a range of organizations and advisors on healing, across the denominations. It follows the example of Jesus, the Christ, God’s Messiah.  He devoted much of his public ministry to healing  those in need, whether in body, mind or spirit. Christians founded the first hospitals and now have a leading…

Jul 24, 2018 04:56AM

Positive thoughts for the holidays and media ?silly season?

All too often, aggressors and those who want to establish illegal ?facts on the ground? take advantage of the month of August, hoping that their misdeeds may escape notice. Against this background I will try to outline some positive thoughts, which might germinate during this time: 1:  Stop the execution of juvenile offenders: Young people…

Jul 22, 2018 09:58PM


   There are about 110,000 divorces in England and Wales annually, and financial orders are made by the court in about one-third of them. Some are negotiating their own settlements, induced by the unpredictability of judges’ determinations. The divorce decree itself has become a largely administrative process, but the division of income and property between…

Jul 02, 2018 02:40AM

Worse than Windrush

There is to be an annual Windrush Day. Noting the acclaim for the contributions made by the Windrush generation, and the remorse over the way they were treated, put me in mind of an earlier generation of immigrants: the Jews, fleeing for their lives from Central Europe to Britain in the 1930s. In the face…

Jun 22, 2018 03:44AM

Turkish Elections

These are being held under a State of Emergency.  This gives the Government almost unlimited powers of arrest and control, at a time when it already dominates the media.  The People?s Democratic Party (HDP) is the third largest party in the Parliament, but has been demonized as a collaborator of terrorists.  This accusation disregarded the…

Jun 15, 2018 04:53AM

Self-Determination for the Palestinian People

I spoke on this in Lord Steel of Aikwood’s debate on 7 June. As far as I know, I’m the only person to make the point that Israelis have long enjoyed full self-determination.  Palestinians have been denied this rightand te large number of Palestinian exiles living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere, have never been…

May 30, 2018 04:32AM

The Permanent Peoples? Tribunal

This body is composed of seven distinguished judges from Europe, who are independent of governments.  The Tribunal was founded in Bologna (Italy) in 1979. It took evidence in March in Paris about two specific charges against Turkey:  that war crimes had been committed mainly against the Kurdish population of Turkey, between June 2015 and February…

May 14, 2018 11:49AM

From Dame to Baroness

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…