Politics in the Age of Gladstone and Disraeli. # unravellingbritain Week 6 Dr Robert Saunders. Disraeli Gladstone. 1848-68: Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Commons 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68: Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons
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#unravellingbritain Week 6 Dr Robert Saunders
‘Why are the people of England forced to find leaders among demagogues?
The proper leaders of the people are the gentlemen of England.
If they are not the leaders of the people, I do not see why we should have gentlemen’.
‘Fling to the heady wind
The cold philosophy
That vaunts of human REASON; nobler far
The faculty divine
IMAGINATION on her airy throne
Thus in human life,
Upon the mass the man of genius breathes
His spell creative, thus their swelling hearts
Rise to his charm!’
‘Without an effort … the great orator held his audience for nearly two hours. I stood so far off that the features were indistinct, but I was spellbound by the music and magnetism of the wonderful voice … I was only conscious of the presence of a great human personality, under whose spell I was and from whom I could in no way escape. … I felt lifted into a holy region of politics, where Tories cannot corrupt or Jingoes break through and yell’.
THE SECOND REFORM ACT, 1867