'We append a sample of the methods of the "gentlemanly" party in aristocratic Birkdale. Yesterday the following poster was issued:-
Electors of Birkdale
From all Radical Lies
Fraudulent Misrepresentations and other
Low Electioneering Methods
From Austro-Germanic Invasions
"Political Earthquakes" and Local
By voting for
And yet the chief plank in the Tory platform has been Religious Education! What do the Southport and Birkdale clergy say of such a poster as this?
This is, of course, from the first 1910 election and is part of a series leading up to the Dinner at the Royal Clifton in February 2010 when the excesses of the Tory campaign will to laid bare. (Tickets from Rachel 01704 533555)
For those who missed it I gather it is a parody of the Lord's Prayer. The reference to the "Earthquake" is how the Guardian had referred to Baron de Forest's -the Liberal candidate-first speech in the town.
A great deal nastier is the eve of poll tirade by the Tory Edward Marshall Hall. This election was the low point in Tory tactics (so far)and if you want to hear all about it come along. Not for the faint hearted-this is x rated stuff.