On my mind

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - With Gra­ham Davies

IN Novem­ber 1917 in Aus­tralia a per­fectly aimed egg knocked off Welsh-born prime min­is­ter Billy Hughes’s hat.

If you think that’s fowl act, read on.

Back in the 19th Cen­tury there are ex­am­ples of crim­i­nals pelted with eggs, but for politi­cians to­day on the re­ceiv­ing end of a large free range from the su­per­mar­ket it’s no yolk.

Yet shar­ing eggs and other food­stuff with po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents has a long and dis­tin­guished his­tory.

The ear­li­est recorded in­ci­dent took place in 63 AD, when Ro­man gover­nor Ves­pasian was hit with a load of turnips.

It seems you are no­body in pol­i­tics if you have not been egged – ask Harold Wil­son, Hel­mut Kohl, David Cameron, Jeremy Cor­byn, Em­manuel Macron, Richard Nixon (twice on the same day) and Bill Clin­ton among others who all took an un­ex­pected break­fast.

Whereas Ed Miliband took his egg sunny side up with a big smile, John Prescott’s pugilis­tic re­sponse to a per­fectly launched North Wales free range yolk at point blank range re­flected, he al­leged, Tony Blair’s or­der to connect with the peo­ple.

How­ever, the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal shift in re­cent weeks is from the egg to the far more ex­pen­sive and spec­tac­u­lar milk­shake.

The tar­gets have been pur­vey­ors of du­bi­ous phi­los­o­phy who squelch away from what has been de­scribed as po­lit­i­cal the­atre but is in re­al­ity po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence.

No-one can jus­tify that kind of as­sault, but nei­ther can we ac­cept the rise of the far right in this coun­try and in Europe which feeds on prej­u­dice, pur­veys hate, trades in big­otry, rants from bully pul­pits, preaches xeno­pho­bia and in­evitably pro­vokes the anger we have seen.

We all know what the out­come of that was in Europe not too long ago. And it was not milk­shakes that were thrown.

Fol­low Gra­ham on Twit­[email protected]

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