British Politicians
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 12 Mar 1908, p. 188-198
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British Politicians


A word about the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman, who will soon be obliged to retire from the high position which he has filled with distinction. Some discoveries about Sir Campbell-Bannerman. The difficult task he faced when he came into prominence in the British Parliament. Subsequent events. Drawing the moral that one of the features of British politics that one ought not, when in power, try to hold office too long. Governments in this country frequently retaining office too long. The balance between the two parties not well maintained. References to Rosebery, Gladstone, Balfour, and Asquith. An examination of Lloyd-George. A description of Arthur Balfour. The unique and wonderful character of Henry Labouchere, the owner of "Truth." A few words about John Morley. Gladstone as the greatest parliamentarian of our time. A word about John E. Redmond, the leader of the Irish Party. The possibility that John Burns may be Chancellor of the Exchequer if Asquith becomes Prime Minister, and more about Burns. Something about Michael Hicks-Beach, who recently retired from the House. The enigma that is Rosebery, who ploughs his lonely furrow. Chamberlain who began life, it is said, as a red republican. The more literary flavour of British politicians as compared with those of Canada or the United States, and to what that is due. The willingness of British politicians to work in an unobtrusive way.