chapter  11
‘ eaw Kon Ekspect No Mooar Eawt ov a Pig thin a Grunt’:
BySearching for the Radical Dialect Voice in Industrial Lancashire and the West Riding, 1798–1819 – Katrina Navickas
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Walker used this diatribe to argue that the High Church High Anglican loyalists had used religion to support their case for war. Tum pronounces disgust at his local clergy leading militia regiments into their parish church for the thanksgiving service, as sanctioned by the magistrates and government: ‘when the’n drunm’t an ekorsis’t foke o the’ Sundy o’er, heaw fort’ kill the’r fello kreturs; ods esh mon! th’ kristian religion teaches no sitch wark’ (‘When they drummed and exercised folk all Sunday how to kill their fellow creatures; God’s esh man! e Christian religion teaches no such work’). e comic rhetoric e ectively subverted ‘Church-and-King’ religious arguments by exploiting clerical complaints about popular disregard for the Sabbath. From the prime minister to the local busybody, no loyalist escaped Walker’s wrath. In the nal part, Tum declares that a local ‘nabob’ who illuminated his house for the celebration of the peace is:

‘Just like th’ rest o’th’ foos ot han no oppinnions o’the’r own: bod grunt’n a hr eawer nashonal pig-leaders, one dey for war, an another for peeoss’ ( Just like the rest of the fools who have no opinions of their own, but grunt a er our national pig-leaders, one day for war, and another for peace’).