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The House of Lords

The Lords and Liberal hypocrisy

Writing before the actual voting on the second reading of the Finance Bill in the Lords, and before the terms of the Premier's “remonstrance” are made public, there is yet no difficulty in judging of the role of the Liberal Party in the present “crisis,” from its present attitude and past history. The veto of the Lords is a Liberal hardy annual. The late G. A. Sala said that during his experience as a journalist he had known eighteen distinct agitations against the House of Lords by the party of “going to do,” all of which came to nought. Numerous resolutions have been passed by the Commons to “end or mend” the House of Lords, but all of them have been calmly ignored by Liberal Cabinets, who have accepted with remarkable meekness every vagary of the odds and ends who fill the Upper Chamber.

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