LDVideo: King trumped by Baroness

by Stephen Tall on November 17, 2011

For those who’ve not yet seen it, here for your enjoyment is Baroness Trumpington’s candidly digital response to her Tory colleague Lord King’s accidentally ungallant reference to “the survivors of World War II [who are] started to look pretty old”:


(Also available to watch on the BBC site here.)

‘Who is Baroness Trumpington?’, you ask. The Telegraph fills us in:

Lady Trumpington – affectionately known by her colleagues as Trumpers – served as a code breaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

She was once Mayor of Cambridge and between 1989 to 1992 was a minister of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – which, at the age of 69, made her the oldest woman minister ever.

In 2005, she was made a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. As a Baroness-in-Waiting she was a member of the Royal Household.

A former 70-a-day smoker, Lady Trumpington is well-liked by colleagues for her wicked sense of humour and straight-talking.

She also came up with one of the best Desert Island Disc luxuries ever:

… she chose the Crown jewels as her luxury item, in order to maximise her chances of being rescued.