A Short Life of William Ewart Gladstone; With Extracts from His Speeches and Writings

A Short Life of William Ewart Gladstone; With Extracts from His Speeches and Writings

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...defects which called for amendment, and evidently having the sense of the House with him. Perceiving the fate that awaited him, Mr. Disraeli allowed it to be seen that he was "squeezable"; and, in fact, so many changes were effected in the bill during its passage through committee that it was completely transformed. On the 15th of July the bill as amended was read a third time in the House of Commons, and on the 6th of August passed the House of Lords. Thus Mr. Disraeli, having accomplished the unprecedented feat of "educating" his own party up to the support of a measure opposed to all their principles and traditions, "dished the Whigs" by passing a Reform bill exceeding in its democratic tendencies any that had ever been proposed by a responsible Liberal Ministry. Shortly after this remarkable achievement (in February, 1868) Mr. Disraeli became leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of England, the Earl of Derby having retired on the plea of ill health. XL ELECTORAL STRUGGLE OVER THE IRISH CHURCH QUESTION. The opening of the session of 1868 witnessed a state of things said to be without a parallel in the history of England--a Ministry holding the reins of power in spite of the fact that its supporters were in a decided minority in the House of Commons. Mr. Bouverie, a Liberal, calling attention to the condition of parties, asked: "Why are the Conservatives now in power? Simply because the Liberal party, though an undoubted majority in this House, and representing a vast preponderance of opinion in the country, does not deserve to be called a party. That may be an unpalatable truth, but it is a truth, notwithstanding. We have leaders that won't lead, and followers that won't follow. Instead of an...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236503651
  • 9781236503657