O'Toole refers to the Mayor as a 'Uriah Heep', a reference to the character in ''David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens
. Uriah Heep is noted for his obsequiousness and general insincerity. See more
I have, in my time, visited three political conventions, four sessions of congress, and two homes for the criminally insane. I have known army generals, steam doctors, vegetarians, prohibitionists, and a female suffragette. But never, even in an Orangeman's Day parade, have I seen such pure and stainless brainlessness as I now behold in you. The Almighty, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, has given the worm enough sense to turn with, and the barnacle can grasp whatever happens to be standing by...