Honorable and learned friend

Much discussion today about the fact that the father of Teflon, a junior member of chambers, has just been named a life peer in the new list of political honours.

‘I guess that now makes you honourable,’ said TheCreep.

‘Which leaves the rest of us, what, dishonourable?’ said BusyBody.

‘It’s a bit like the use of the label “love-child” for children born out of marriage,’ smiled OldRuin. ‘It’s always left me wondering what a child born inside of marriage might be termed.’

‘Are you going to start using the title professionally?’ asked TheCreep.

‘I hardly think so,’ said Teflon.

‘I once did a piece of work for a QC whose father was a member of the House of Lords,’ said TheBusker. ‘He didn’t change a single word of the advice I wrote on his behalf except for the addition of the word “Hon” before his name and for that one addition he billed over £10,000.’

‘They’re completely divisive if you ask me,’ said BusyBody. ‘Just perpetuating our wonderful English class system.’

‘Oh hark the class warrior who’s had enough titles to fill a small library,’ said OldSmoothie.

‘I’ve just never really seen the point of them one way or the other,’ said UpTights.

‘Oh, I don’t know,’ said TheBusker. ‘I remember once being taken out for a bangers and mash lunch by the Earl of something or other in a pub named after him. It all seemed quite fitting really.’

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

March 21, 2013 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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