Callaghan and the Queen

9 Dec

According to Kenneth Morgan, when Jim Callaghan decided not to call the 1978 election he wrote a letter to the Queen.

He did this before informing Cabinet and indeed while the rest of the Country thought he was bonkers after his Gangster wrap at the TUC conference

but I digress. He wrote in his own hand , which means without a typist. Apparently the Queen couldn’t quite decipher it. In particular the threat of a “hung ” Parliament. Now we have all been there, an elderly relative sends a xmas card wishing “pots of lure “. So what did she think he was warning of

A long Parliament – that would be a real threat.

A honey Parliament – bees everywhere, maybe some improvement

hurry, huge ? Wong, worry ? Who knows ..

But that song , the most cryptic message ever. Apparently most people thought he was saying game on , when it was game off. Bernard Donoghue claimed to have warned him it wasn’t a Marie Lloyd song ( having sourced it from Joe Haines ) but would he listen ?


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