The Clique. An Excellent New Song.
Publication: The Clique. An Excellent New Song.
Publication type: Broadside
No full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Och Paddy, my honey, take care of your money.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): H.17.a.39(15); RB.l.54(46)
This poem is almost certainly from 1834, when Aytoun contested the Edinburgh seat and the Whig John Campbell, who is mentioned in the poem, was one of his adversaries. The poem attacks the legal Whig 'clique' that was felt to hold power of Edinburgh's representation in the period. Several names connected to this clique are mentioned: Thomson, Millar, Adam, Purves, Sir Thomas, and Andrew Skene. The 'sneaking Whigs' are portrayed asones who can be 'bought and sold', which most likely refers to the radicals' complaint that they sold out on the Reform Bill. Aytoun is portrayed as a remedy to this 'clique', one who is 'the man of the people'. In some versions of this broadside, there is a coat of arms above the poem, with the motto: 'England expects every man to do his duty'; a Scotsman, in a kilt, appears on the right of this shield.