Letters


Nobility's obligations

From Lord Grenfell

Sir: Boris Johnson's portrayal of me (Another voice, 15 April) is good knockabout stuff designed to induce a few cackles, but a far cry from reality. Since you carefully avoid mentioning why I maintain a Paris address, permit me to enlighten your readers. My final career assignment was in Paris (1990-95) where I met and married a lady pursuing her own career there, as she does to this day. We therefore chose to stay in Paris when my retirement from the World Bank at the end of 1995 freed me from international civil service constraints to become an active hereditary backbencher in the Lords.

I have since been a resident in London during parliamentary sittings, returning to Paris at weekends and in recesses to be with my wife. Your fertile imagination sees me leading a life of ease on a pension out of which the French take an almighty tax bite, and on the royalties from my novel, which in fact dried up in 1986. Our flat is not in the fashionable 16th arrondissement but in the less fashionable 9th, and miles from the Bois de Boulogne. Nor do I plaster the windows of our fifth-floor flat with pink posters. Paris pigeons are notoriously uninterested in New Labour. The reality is more prosaic.

While my wife has been working in Paris, I have been, until the Lords reform, working in Westminster. During the last session I attended 142 of the 154 sittings and voted in 85 of the 95 divisions. I served on the select committee on the European Union and chaired its very active economic, financial and trade affairs subcommittee. I was also a UK delegate to the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and Western European Union. I like to think it was this kind of service which led the Prime Minister (whom I have met but once) to invite me to return to work as a life peer. You certainly won't find my name in any list of high donors to Labour party funds.

Julian Grenfell

House of Lords,

London SW1

PC Gremlins

From Mr Herbert Thornton

Sir: Frank Johnson (`I'm a soul man', 15 April) doubts that a machine equipped with artificial intelligence can possess a soul. I should have thought there might be a theological basis for the idea that any suitably complex arrangement, whether of cells or microcircuits, can either give rise to a soul or, if the soul comes from somewhere else, provide it with a place of sojourn.

I don't know about souls, but I have noticed that personal computers sometimes act so perversely that it seems highly plausible that they have become possessed by evil spirits.

H.M. Thornton

curmudgeon@pacificcoast.net

Annan's inaccuracies

From Mr C.D.C. Armstrong

Sir: Lord Thomas of Swynnerton describes Paul Johnson's denunciation of the late Lord Annan as `quite uncouth' (Letters, 15 April). Lord Thomas's criticism would be more to the point were it not for the inconvenient fact that Annan himself was not above engaging in denunciations of the recently deceased. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Letters
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.