Gladstonian Liberalism in Idea and in Fact: Being an Account, Historical and Critical, of the Second Administration of W.E. Gladstone, M.P. from April 29th, 1880 to June 25th, 1885

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Woodford Fawcett & Company, 1885 - Great Britain - 173 pages

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Page 45 - The first thing is to foster the strength of the empire by just legislation and economy at home, thereby producing two of the great elements of national power — namely, wealth, which is a physical element, and union and contentment, which are moral elements — and to reserve the strength of the empire, to reserve the expenditure of that strength for great and worthy occasions abroad. Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. My second principle of foreign policy is...
Page 45 - In my opinion the third sound principle is this : to strive to cultivate and maintain, aye, to the very uttermost, what is called the concert of Europe; to keep the powers of Europe in union together. And why? Because by keeping all in union together you neutralize, and fetter, and bind up the selfish aims of each.
Page 66 - Remember the rights of the savage, as we'call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan among the winter snows, is as inviolable -in the eye of Almighty God as can be your own.
Page 54 - Austria did all she could to prevent the creation of Belgium ; Austria never lifted a finger for the regeneration and constitution of Greece. There is not an instance, there is not a spot upon the whole map, where you can lay your finger and say,
Page 39 - Gladstone a space of time before we shall know how much greater he has been than any of his competitors for fame and power. I am certain that justice will be done to him in the future, and I am not less certain that there will be a signal condemnation of the men who, moved by motives of party spite, in their eagerness for office, have not hesitated to load with insult and indignity the greatest statesman of our time...
Page 57 - Permit me at once to state to your Excellency that, had I been in possession of such an assurance as I have now been able to receive, I never would have uttered any one of the words which your Excellency justly describes as of a painful and wounding character.
Page 56 - Permit me to say I have no such disposition towards any country whatever, and that I at all times have particularly and heartily wished well to Austria. In the performance of the arduous task of consolidating the Empire, I feel a cordial respect for the efforts of the Emperor, and I trust that their complete success may honourably and nobly mark his reign. With respect to my animadversions on the foreign policy of Austria in times when it was active beyond the...
Page 70 - Why, gentlemen, there is not a country in the history of the world that has undertaken what we have undertaken; and when I say " what we have undertaken/' I don't mean what the present Government have undertaken — that I will come to by and by — but what England in its traditional established policy and position has undertaken. There is no precedent in human history for a formation like the British Empire.
Page 126 - Ireland were the party that maintained there an alien church, an unjust land law, and franchises inferior to our own ; and the true supporters of the union are those who firmly uphold the supreme authority of parliament, but exercise that authority to hind the three nations by the indissoluble tie of liberal and equal laws.

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