Sometimes you spot these as you make them; other times it’s when you’re checking your work; occasionally someone finds your mistake before publication; and very occasionally it makes it into the actual book and we have to issue a correction. Many of the misprints I share here are ones that I have caught myself, and although I find it entertaining to envisage an unwary subeditor waving through Lord Elystan-Morgan’s “monumental rats of interest” or Baroness Andrews “meeting neds”, I have to thank my lucky stars not just that I picked this one up today but that anyone did before it snuck into the book. Still, end the year on a high, eh.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Treasury’s projection is that claimant-cunt unemployment will peak at 1.75 million in mid-2010.For clarity, that’s a typo of “claimant-count unemployment” rather than a particularly lavish Tourettic typing tic.
Lord Adonis is talking about criminal record checks:
Lord Adonis: In the data I have for 2007-08, the four-week target has been mad in 95.2 per cent of cases. (“made”)NB - I have been asked to point out that this was actually the true quote and I changed it only after I had been leant on by teh Guvmunt.
Lord Woolmer of Leeds: ... the distinction between the [international] movement of people and the movement of gods and services.Leaving aside for a moment the fact that the noble Lord apparently thinks it’s possible to move services by freight, surely providing “gods and services” is a whole Neil Gaiman novel, right there?
it turns out small words can be quite important so I should probably try not to miss them out. Fun game: pin the "per" to the sentence.
Lord Waddington (Con): Unbelievably, Ireland, whose per capita income is 30 per cent higher than the EU average, is to get more head than Lithuania, Slovakia or Poland.