The death of Francis Pym and the health scare with Mrs. Thatcher during the week got me thinking about the relationship between me and the Tory Party.
Apart from a few local Tories there would not be many if any of them who have ever heard of me but they have been a constant in my life for 50 yrs.
My dad used to quote Nye Bevin with great relish when saying that they, the Tories, "were lower than vermin" this later became "the Tories are vermin" which Nye didn't quite say.
I changed a bit as I got older and met Tories, some of whom managed to change my attitude, I managed with great effort to be civil to them and even enjoyed the company of some and then along came Thatcher, and bang ! I was back to quoting Nye.
The tele. showed pictures the other night of what looked like a sweet old lady doddering around like a normal person, getting on a bit with failing health but, a closer glance showed it to be her, the destroyer of lives, jobs and whole communities, the cause of hundreds of unnecessary lost lives in the Falklands.
The woman who more than any other in modern history done more to create class hatred and political warfare.
The passing of Francis Pym was another part of Tory history passing away.
A patrician one nation Tory who, unlike Thatcher oozed decency and fairness, upper class ? certainly, a beneficiary of nepotism ? no doubt, but also a holder of the Military Cross who defied her over the Falklands Just like the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, another Military Cross holder who defied her wishes by praying for the Argentinian dead at the Falklands war memorial service at Westminster Abbey.
That's right, you read that correctly, she did not want prayers said for the enemy dead, what does that say about her ?
When her time comes she will be lauded by the hypocrites and cowards who couldn't stand up to her but, she will be despised and forgotten when people still admire Pym and Runcie and their generation of Tories.
Which one is / was the true Tory ?