The Fortnightly Volume 16; V. 22

The Fortnightly Volume 16; V. 22

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...intemperance, pauperism, and crime, would go far to remove the greatest enemies with which religion has still to contend in this country. The avowal of such a programme may appear hazardous to those timid persons who think that a party can recover tone and vigour by the avoidance of all exertion, but a summary of the forces likely to be engaged on either side will show that Danton's motto, " De l'audace et toujours de l'audace," may yet be the safest for the Liberal leaders. The same influences which, suddenly appealed to in a time of apparent indifference, gave Mr. Gladstone his overwhelming majority in the matter of the Irish Church may again be successfully evoked. Vhile it is probable that Lord Selborne's example would, in the case of the larger issue, be much more widely followed, yet the desertion of even considerable numbers of English Churchmen would be more than compensated by the revived enthusiasm of the Nonconfoi-mists, who, divided as they have been by the action of Mr. Forster, would again be cordially united on this cardinal question, and by the great accession of strength which might be expected from the working-class voters. There is no reason to fear that the main Tory strength could be materially increased. The Church and the public-house fought their best and did their worst on the last occasion, and it is more probable that recent Tory legislation will cause some defections from their ranks than that it will increase their numbers. In no case can the position of the Liberals with a policy be worse than it is now without one. If, however, it is considered undesirable that the new programme should be immediately proclaimed, at least let our leaders refrain from boasting that they are...show more

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  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 730g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882059
  • 9781236882059