This is the sort of thing that would never have happened in the old days!
When David became the 11th Earl in 1999,
Tsk, he became the 11 th Duke.
As is reported several paras up. And given that he was already a Marquis he could indeed then inherit an Earldom but we wouldn\’t actually say that he had.
Well, unless the Marquis was in the Irish peerage or something.
Which leads to a rather Hayekian point about the subbing of newspapers. Yes, sure, some of it is about spolling, grammar, flow of the story. These can indeed be done over the internet by people thousands of miles away (and thousands of £s cheaper). But there\’s also a great deal of local knowledge, even implicit knowledge if you like, necessary.
The above is trivial, certainly (and it might even be true that he inherited an Earldom along with the Dukedom, a fairly common thing to happen even if we wouldn\’t remark upon it) but there are times when it isn\’t. One I recall is the Queen meeting members of the Parliament of the Isle of Wight. That was the caption to a picture of the Isle of Man.
This isn\’t, BTW, a story about Australians doing this work for the Telegraph. It\’s still subcontracted out, yes, but the peeps are mainly in London now. It\’s more a story about how you want older people doing this work. Peeps who have two or three decades under their belt of this local sort of knowledge. But older peeps are more expensive…..trade offs, trade offs.
This post dedicated to the memory of Tom Payton.