Tory Top Twelve
The Tories have named their heroes who should be worshipped at school and why:
Saint Columba, 521-597 (Christianity in Britain)
A Paddy who tried to civilise the Scots - an ongoing process
Alfred the Great, 849-899 (the Kingdom of England)
Local boy made good - sold out to the Europeans
Henry II, 1133-1189 (Common law)
A Good King - c. 1066 and all that
Simon de Montfort, 1208-1265 (Parliament)
James IV of Scotland, 1443-1513 (the Kingdom of Scotland)
After agreeing a treaty of "perpetual peace" with England in 1502 he declared war on England. He led an army southward, only to be killed at the Battle of Flodden Field in Sept 1513. In other words a treaty breaking anti-English Sweaty, but he qualifies as being good because he is dead.
Thomas Gresham, 1519 -1579 (the stock market)
Inventor of red braces and Christmas bonuses for Dave and Ollie's chums.
Oliver Cromwell, 1599 -1658 (the British Army)
Regicide of St. Charles the Martyr
Isaac Newton, 1643-1727 (the Royal Society)
Very clever nutter. - But he came from Grantham so worthy of respect.
Robert Clive, 1725-1774 (the British Empire)
Outsourcing business guru.
Sir Robert Peel, 1778-1850 (the police)
The only Tory on the list - his principles of policing now sadly only of historic interest.
Millicent Fawcett, 1847-1929 (universal suffrage)
Nye Bevan, 1897-1960 (the National Health Service)
Slightly to the right of the nuTory Party.
A suitable quiz for this afternoon - who would you choose as the top twelve Britons that the kids should be taught about - or have the Tories got it right?