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What Mr. Gladstone ought to do. [Section] V.

Webb, Sidney (1893) What Mr. Gladstone ought to do. [Section] V. Fortnightly Review, 53 (314). pp. 281-287.

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"How far, I wonder, do Mr. Gladstone and his colleagues recognise that this time in their persons the Liberal Party is on its trial? In 1880, and again in 1885, the new Administration started out with a considerable fund of public credit, which rendered immediate performance unnecessary. But by 1898 the artisan in London and a good many other industrial centres, like the farm labourer throughout the South and Midlands, has grown weary of a purely political faith and imperatively demands an immediate show of works. Another General Election will certainly be upon us at no very distant date. Upon its result depends not Irish Home Rule alone, but also the position of parties during the rest of the century. Mr. Gladstone, for good or for evil, is entrusted with supreme authority in the matter of Liberal party tactics. What Mr. Gladstone has, therefore, to do is, in the language of whist, to "play to the score." His main preoccupation at this moment ought to be, not brooding over the details of the measure to which he and Mr. Morley have already devoted six years’ hard thinking, but contriving how to utilise the brief span of this Parliament's existence in order to have the chance next year of really driving his Bill through the resistance of the House of Lords." - Introductory paragraphs of section.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Fifth of five sections, the other four by J. Fletcher Moulton, Justin McCarthy, H. W. Massingham, and G. Bernard Shaw.
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 11:01

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