A Peer – Oxford English Dictionary definition.
1 A nobleman.
2 A man who holds a peerage by descent or appointment.
A Peer – Nu-Labour definition.
1 A man or woman elevated to the peerage by their Nu-Labour cronies.
2 A Woman who a-peers to break the law when in fact only ‘in technical breach’ of the rules.
3 A Woman who a-peers to make ‘an administrative technical error’ when finding herself on the receiving end of the ‘stronger message that such behaviour is both illegal and unacceptable’. (Hansard April 2004)
4 Can also mean a woman whose driving fell “below the standard to be expected of a careful and competent driver”. Shifting the blame yet again – ‘she had been coming into a major road in London when a taxi hit her’ – is it ‘cos she’s black, was this a racist attack by the nasty taxi driver, or did the silly moo just fail to look first?
5 Ms Tapui has disappeared, hence the need for the UK Border Agency to break into her flat to search for evidence to exonerate Baroness Scotland. They only found an out of date passport. Thus we only have Baroness Scotland’s word for it that she was presented with apparently compliant paperwork, along with the snide implication that this must have have been forged. It could well be that the out of date passport was the one which she failed to photocopy.
6 A Peer – Person who cannot be trusted to look both ways when crossing the road, nor read the small print on her own legislation, elevated to advise the government on its legal obligations.
Historical use – the term can also be applied to:
A man who a-peers to threaten parliament with an army of 10,000 Muslims.
A woman who a-peers to take the use of social housing in her constituancy, with 20,000 ‘hard working families’ on its waiting list.
A man who a-peers to defraud the tax payer of many thousands, and is thus elevated to the peerage.