ally enough, "The Grocer
" was actually the political nickname
of Margaret Thatcher
's worst enemy in the House of Commons
, her predecessor as leader of the Conservative Party, one Edward Heath
, MBE, MP.
The epithet was awarded by Enoch Powell who described Heath's ambitions as leading him to behave "like some shoddy grocer" who would sell his own country - with the UK joining the then European Economic Community - in order to increase his own political power.