Monday, April 20, 2015

Scotland and Ireland

David Cameron on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday --

Think about what this means, this is, this would be the first time in our history that a group of nationalists from one part of our country [SNP] would be involved in altering the direction of the government of our country, and I think that is a frightening prospect, for people thinking in their own constituencies is that bypass going to be built, will my hospital get the money it needs?

To the left is Joseph Biggar, one of the foremost practitioners of the Irish Parliamentary Party strategy of disrupting House of Commons business and wielding the balance of power to advance Home Rule in Ireland. This sometimes involved blocking bills that applied to the entire UK, e.g. the Threshing Machines Bill of 1877. It was around this time that he was caricatured in Vanity Fair.

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