Sunday, 11 April 2010

The perils of door knocking in uniform

Thanks to the squealing of Tory Julian Lewis over his LibDem opponent having included a photograph of himself in uniform as a Redcap colonel, MOD bosses have reminded Parliamentary candidates not to campaign in uniform. Not that's there's much danger of that; ex-service personnel have become as rare as hen's teeth in the Commons.

Which reminds me of an anecdote about Nancy, Lady Astor when she was on the stump for the Plymouth Sutton seat in 1919. Plymouth being a naval town, Lady Astor persuaded her cousin, a serving Admiral, to accompany her in full uniform for door-knocking forays into the mean terraced streets. The door of one tatty terraced house was opened by a small boy. "Child, is your mother at home?" demanded Lady Astor. The boy looked from Lady Astor to the heavily gilded Admiral behind her.

"No, but she said if a lady came round with a sailor you was to use the back room and leave the half-crown on the mantel" came the reply.

1 comment:

JuliaM said...

Oh, that's a lovely anecdote!