Edward Heath

15 Aug 2013 08:48:52

Heath's egg joke

By Paul Goodman
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Talking of Miliband's egging yesterday, the throwing of another once provided voters with one-off evidence, never to be repeated, that Edward Heath had a sense of humour.  During the 1970 election campaign, Harold Wilson, then Prime Minister, was hit in the face by an egg thrown by a Young Conservative demonstrator.  Asked about the incident, Heath said:

"This was a secret meeting on a tour which nobody is supposed to know about. It means that men - and perhaps women - are walking the streets with eggs in their pockets, just on the off-chance."