Thursday, March 31, 2005

Sound clever in front of your friends

Given the current furore over the use of the word Tory (the Tories have decided they don't like it), you can impress your friends by telling them that the word is derived from the Gaelic toraidhe, meaning 'outlaw'. Its use in politics predates the Conservative party (something about royal succession - prizes for anyone who can tell me).

And my manifesto was launched last night by David Blunkett. Pictures soon.
The term originates from the Exclusion Bill crisis of 1678–1681. The Whigs (initially an insult — whiggamore, a cattle driver) were those who supported the exclusion of James VII and II from the thrones of England, Ireland and Scotland (the "Petitioners"), and the Tories (from the Irish term tóraidhe — outlaw, robber) were those who opposed it (the Abhorrers).

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