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    Posted: 26-May-2009 at 18:37
gcle observed:
"Why not? Irish, Welsh and Scots MPs supported the government. In fact the English constituencies had their usual conservative majority. Left-wing governments in British history have usually relied on support from the Celtic countries."
 
Recall that in throwing "labels" around in terms of British political life in the 19th century, we forget that Parliament until the reign of Edward VII could hardly qualify as a "democratic" institution in a fully modern sense. To be blunt, it was government by "the better class" of people. One could fashion a sound argument that it was a "social dictatorship" on an Aristotelean level [a Marxist migh expound breathlessly on the Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie]. The novels of Trollope capture this ambiance marvelously.
 
One can argue that the demise of the Whig/Liberal thread in British politics was a direct result of their parliamentary travails (specially in the Celtic lands) in the years 1849-1909, with the Irish experience serving as the catalyst.
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