Iain Dale\’s got a copy of the tribute to Jack Weatherill and it\’s this line that strikes a chord for me:
Jack told his closest friends that if he was to be remembered it was that his word was his bond.
A couple of decades ago Bernard Levin wrote a column in which he asked, how would you like to be remembered? As the young officer buried in some corner of the Raj whose headstone read "He always kept his word"? Or would you prefer "He always acted from the best intentions"?
Levin came down firmly on the side of the former.
Then some time after that but before Levin\’s death there was an interview with Weatherill in The Observer (I think it was) in which he used that very same story of the headstone. I clipped it out and sent it off to Levin via The Times along with some note about how at least one person shared his views. Got a nice note back as well.
No, nothing important, just one of those little memories that pop up, that I associate with both Weatherill and that phrase.
“He always kept his word”
Sadly, in these times that will mark him down as naive and therefore entirely undependable as a political ally.