Letter: After the Lords

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Sir: On the radio the other day I heard an announcer rebuked for addressing a knight as "Mister" - "Sir Terrence, if you please!" came the huffy correction; and I am sorry to say that the broadcaster sounded genuinely apologetic.

My reflections are further prompted by Andreas Whittam Smith's column (25 June) about the title "Lord": he should widen his target to include all honorary titles. The media could help there. What a healthy innovation it would be if a newspaper announced that it would not in future use such titles. It would report that Mr Bloggs had been ennobled but continue to refer to him as Mr: the same with knights. Others would follow the example, and social practice in due course be reshaped, so that such honours would not have their current divisive effect.