Men of England! Support Lord Grey
Published: 18 May 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP12285
This poem attacks Earl Grey, the pro-reform Prime Minister. We are told that the poem appeared on a whimisical placard that was 'posted all over London'. The poem portrays the Prime Minister as corrupt: he has 'put into the pockets of his family one hundred thousand pounds of public money', and will make his brother a bishop. The poem also states that Grey has destroyed 'scot and lot, the ancient common law right of voting'. Scot and lot was a tax in England and those who paid it were often entitled to a vote. In tune with the Aberdeen Oberserver's anti-reformism, this poem is republished to help undermine the leader of the reform cause.