Would Someone Please Give Alex Salmond a Lesson in Lewis Carroll?

Alex Salmond has been wont of late to describe Labour and the Conservatives as “the Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee” of British politics.

Just as irony does not mean simply an unfortunate coincidence or embarrassing paradox, this popular piece of Carrollean imagery does not simply mean “two people I disagree with”.  Originally inspired by the the futile disagreements between George Frideric Handel and Giovanni Battista Bononcini in the early 18th Century, the characters came to be thought of as fat and buffoonish twins following the publication of ‘Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There’ in 1871; so the Franco-Prussian war is another possible source of inspiration.

A more appropriate example in contemporary Scottish politics would be from Salmond himself, and Andy Kerr on the Labour front-bench at Holyrood. First the monstrous black crow of the Presiding Officer, Alex Fergusson had to reprimand Tweedle-Dee Kerr for calling Salmond a “numpty” and then Tweedle-Dum Salmond for calling Labour leader, Iain Gray a “sap”.

And this display of childishness pales into insignificance when one considers the explanation which Salmond gave for having scrimped on the £10 millions allowance for Scottish Executive advertizing, before starting to spend £1 million a week from the beginning of March.

Informing the Scottish public about the weather? Aye right.


2 Responses to “Would Someone Please Give Alex Salmond a Lesson in Lewis Carroll?”

  1. subrosa Says:

    I have to admit, when I heard Salmond on radio yesterday repeating it, I said ‘For goodness sake stop.”

    Surely he has enough nouse to know when he’s over-egging the pudding. It was fine for a couple of days but jings…

  2. efrafandays Says:

    Leigh van Valen has a lot to answer for.

    Although, one bit in a Terry Pratchett in which an old witch’s soul got gradually younger and younger, before reducing to cherry red lips “like the Cheshire Cat, only much more sexy” was quite good – like Kate Bush’s singing.

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