Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on June 02, 1998 at 08:10:49:
In response to Unionists, written by Linden on June 01, 1998 at 21:40:39
A "Liberal Unionist" was someone who split off from the Whig/Liberal party and moved towards the Tory/Conservative party over the struggles to pass some form of Irish "Home Rule" in the 1880's etc.
There were aristocrats in both parties, and having someone say that Liberal Unionists were only good enough to invite in after dinner is a kind of caricature of snobbish ideas of narrow social circles...
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