Fifty Years of the House of Lords ...

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Macmillan and Company, 1881 - Great Britain - 95 pages
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Page 47 - per voter per annum had been kept up for ten years. Direct bribery and wholesale treating prevailed to a frightful extent, and the House of Commons determined to make an example of the borough. But they reckoned without the peers. Lord Ashburton protested against the idea that a borough should be disfranchised for treating—
Page 40 - our labours rendered abortive by the headstrong proceedings of the House of Lords. If we wish for peace with Ireland we must change this faulty system.
Page 17 - arisen from the inability of the English people to secure the acceptance of just laws for Ireland by the House of Lords until long after the opportunity had passed when concession might have been efficacious in removing discontent.
Page 52 - bill to a period of seven years. The same animus against secret voting showed itself the same year in the rejection outright of the proposal to elect school boards by ballot. The majority, however, was small, and the vote a few years afterwards was annulled by the Lords at the demand of a Conservative Government.
Page 27 - prompted them to resent every attempt to introduce English principles into Irish administration. They threw out the Dublin Police Bill in 1835, although by so doing they left the capital of Ireland a prey to lawlessness, because the corrupt clique called the Corporation had not been consulted. The same year they rejected, by
Page 53 - THE attitude assumed by the peers in relation to religious liberty has already been foreshadowed in the sketch of their dealings with the Catholic question. They have been the persistent, steady, and unwavering opponents of every recognition of the claims of Nonconformists to an equality of rights and privileges with Churchmen. On one occasion, and on
Page 14 - made an attempt to restore the clause abandoned in 1870 by the Compensation for Disturbance Bill of 1880. The bill passed the Commons, but in the Lords, although the peers were warned that its rejection would bring Ireland within a measurable distance of civil war, it was rejected by an enormous majority.
Page 53 - occasion only, have they shown themselves more Liberal than the House of Commons. In 1877 they surprised every one by voting in favour of destroying the monopoly of the graveyard, of which they had previously been the stoutest champions. It was but a momentary aberration. In 1880, when the Burials Bill came
Page 15 - To that vote can be traced the excessive exasperation of the tenants against their landlords which enabled Mr. Parnell to make the Land League supreme in Ireland and to intensify those feelings of national animosity which it has been the labour of generations of statesmen to efface. B 2
Page 38 - It was only an insult, but even an insult could not be surrendered without a pang. The same spirit of intolerance was even more painfully displayed in matters concerning the administration of justice. In 1839 the Lords, after long and angry debate, solemnly passed a

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