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A Tory!

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Loyal Reformers' Gazette

Published: 28 January 1832

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel Number: 3089; Pressmark: SNMU 175/98
Pages(s): 139

This poem is attributed to The Scotsman, an Edinburgh newspaper. A young girl asks her father what a Tory is: and he offers a satirical, witty reply. There are several references to contemporary issues: for instance, Tories delight ‘in pensions and jobs that are shabby’, while they ‘eat holes in our good Constitution’. Their hair also stands up when you mention ‘the Bill of Reform’. The poem is followed by an ‘Epigram Extraordinary’ where the Tories, and their desire to deceive the public, are also the subject.