Tuesday, October 2, 2007

John Ball or John Bull

"When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman?". So said John Ball, a hedge priest in the 14th. Century. Released from Maidstone prison during the peasants revolt, he preached to Wat Tyler and his Kentish rebels on Blackheath. He was hung, drawn and quartered in front of Richard II in 1381.

John Bull was an 18th. Century fictional character. This Pickwick look-a-like was meant to represent all that was good in the English country yeoman.

I wonder which of these two Englishmen the Scot, Gordon Brown, would identify the most with? I have a sneaking suspicion it's the 18th. Century John.

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