Radicalior Radicalibus Ipsis
Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
Publication: Kilmarnock Standard
Published: 1 June 1867
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Burns Monument Centre
This is an eight-line extract from James Russell Lowell's Biglow Papers (1848), a series of satirical poems in Yankee dialect. It begins: 'Ez to my principles, I glory / In hevin' nothin' o' the sort. / I ain't a Wig, I ain't a Tory, / I'm just a candidate, in short.' In its original American context, it lampoons the shifting political loyalties of Zachary Taylor, who was elected President in 1848; here, it is applied to the situation of the Radical John Bright after Disraeli had entered his Reform Bill in February 1867 and proposed an extension of the franchise that was broader even than his Liberal opponents had envisioned. The introductory paragraph claims that Disraeli has 'taken the wind out of his sails' and Bright has 'been obliged to confess that Disraeli had beaten him in Radicalism'. It is attributed to the 'Mail of Wednesday': the Glasgow Daily Mail for 29 May.