In the film
of "The Hireling
" chauffeur Ledbetter (Robert Shaw)invites his employer Lady Helen Franklin (Sarah Miles) to come to his boxing club where she will meet Captain Hugh Cantrip (Peter Egan). She asks, "Isn't he a Liberal ?
". Ledbetter replies "Well, his politics may be a bit funny but he's a good bloke
" or words to that effect. I don't have L.P.Hartley's book
so I can't say if this is the original dialogue.
As a suggestion for a future look at Liberals in literature, I believe John Creasey was a staunch Liberal activist and political thinker for most if not all of his life.
A bona fide progressive and a writer of Sexton Blake stories as well ! You have to hand it to him.
Sadly not staunch all the time, but then who is ?
There again, with so many pseudonyms, he could have formed a new political party all by himself !
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