Karl McCartney superscript C

It’s good to know where some MPs’ priorities are. When not comparing marriage equality rights for gay people to bigamy and child marriage or writing expletive-filled messages to IPSA,  Tory Karl McCartney has spent the last three years urging parliamentary staff to typeset his name with a superscript letter ‘C’, as in his letterhead above.

The Lincoln MP relates a life of typographical discrimination in a tear-jerking email to colleagues:

“I have continually through my life, from school, through college and in the work place, with my own political party and the returning officer where I stood for election, had to make a point of informing others that my name is spelt and should look a certain way – with a superscript small ‘c’.”

“After swearing my allegiance for the first time as a newly elected MP, I was asked how I wished my name to be recorded once I had progressed to behind the Speaker’s Chair.  I indicated that I would like it typed and recorded as it is written – with a superscript small ‘c’ eg: McCartney.  I was told that someone would get back to me as it ‘…might be problematic’.”

But having waged a three-year campaign against this injustice — attempting to rope in fellow victims such as Esther McVey, John McDonnell and Pat McFadden — McCartney writes that he has finally won out:

“Those of you with sharp eyesight may well have spotted on today’s Order Paper  -at Question 11 to the Cabinet Office  – me with a little sneaky superscript ‘c’!”

While parliamentary staff are beholden to a 19th Century culture of deference to MPs and their bizarre requests, however, his own party have decided to ignore him:

Karl McCartney Tory website

But at least McCartney is now the subject of interest for something other than bigotry or swearing.

  1. He seems to think that all House papers are typeset in Microsoft Word. Has anyone FOI’d the cost of the change?

  2. Carl MaKartnie is how I’d type his name from now on. Something so trivial and he gets his knickers in a twist. How does he apply for his perks of the job without getting all flustered and upset?!

  3. I wonder if anyone has pointed out to the honourable gentleman that the past tense of “to spell” is “spelled” whereas “spelt” is a type of wheat…

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