Friday, 19 March 2010

West Country Campaign songs from yesteryear............


Like many other people I got an email this week with a campaign song. Southport has had many campaign songs and most of them are recorded in Michael Braham's History of Southport Liberals. The practice has died out and the last one that seems to have had widespread use was for C.B. Ramage in the 1929 election. He has an unusual man being a barrister and an actor. His most remembered role was as the barrister in Kind Hearts and Coronets where he defended Louis in front of his peers in the House of Lords.

Anyway when I got the email about the campaign song it triggered another memory. Last week I had dug out Michael Foot's book 'Debts of Honour' and had read the essay on his father, the great west country Liberal Isaac Foot. Foot senior fought Nancy Astor at the coupon election of 1919 in Plymouth and his son recalled the campaign song:

Who's that knocking at the door?
Who's that knocking at the door?
If it's Astor and his wife, we'll stab them with a knife
And they won't be Tories any more.

They just don't write them like that any more................

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