> Thanks, Martin.
> I guess it was a storm in a teacup, but in the end we are no
> My only concern at the end really was the use of the name,
> 'Tricky Dicky'. It seems childish and insulting to those
> interested in pursuing this and other things in an adult,
> polite and considered fashion.
> I guess it was a reference to Richard Nixon, a disgraced
> politician - but this doesn't add weight to an argument, just
> make it seem even less interesting than it actually is.
The appropriate response (if it merits one at all) is a satirical one: calling a prominent and successful anti-slavery campaigner ‘Wily Willy Wiberforce’ on exactly the same criterion.
Some more from William Hague’s book on Wilberforce (concerning the election of 1807, the year Howard Vyse first stood).
What a wicked man.Quote
. . . He had, nevertheless, compromised his principles to some extent, as for the first time since his conversion it had been necessary for him to pay for votes; if he had refused to do so, his defeat would have been certain. No one expected or argued, however, that he should withhold such expenditure in these circumstances. And in the end he had topped the poll in a famous contest, and was able to return to Westminster, elected for the sixth time as a Member for the county of Yorkshire, noting as he did so, ‘O Lord, direct me to some new line of usefulness, for Thy Glory, and the good of my fellow-creatures.’
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