The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, May 29, 2004
Reflections on longevity- #94 Kenny Everett and Michael Foot
Strange the things that pop into one's mind.
Back in 1983, at the nadir of the Labour Party, it was led to stunning defeat by the shambling old socialist firebrand, scion of a West Country Liberal family, Michael Foot.
With the gait of a Chelsea Pensioner, needing a walking-cane to get about, he was an apt image of a party in an advanced state of decrepitude. Notoriously, he wore a casual coat - the infamous donkey-jacket - to a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph.
Everett was a queer (in more ways than one) DJ and comedian, who gave an extraordinary performance at a Conservative election rally, in which he made various radical policy proposals to those present, amongst other things:
Let's kick Michael Foot's stick away!
Foot, still needing that stick to get about, is still with us; Everett is long gone.
Funny old world...
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