Monday, 19 June 2017
Ernest In Town and Jack In The Country
LADY BRACKNELL : [Sternly]... What are your politics?
JACK: Well, I am afraid I really have none. I am a Liberal Unionist.
LADY BRACKNELL: Oh, they count as Tories. They dine with us. Or come in the evening, at any rate.
There are 13 of them in the House of Commons now, I suppose.
After the defeat of the '45, Toryism, as such, barely featured in Scotland until the split in the Liberal Party over Irish Home Rule.
At least arguably, it still doesn't, or it doesn't anymore.
The above exchange is sometimes omitted from modern productions of The Importance of Being Earnest.
It probably never ought to have been, and it certainly ought not to be so today.