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The case against an early election, 1916

We have got to accept the continuance of the present government, because we have no means of getting a better

13 August 2016

9:00 AM

13 August 2016

9:00 AM

From ‘Restless politicians’, The Spectator, 12 August 1916: Even those journals which a few months ago were most zealous for a general election without delay now admit that there is no issue which could be presented to the country on which to take a vote… We have got to accept the continuance of the present government, with some slight modifications from time to time, because we have no means of getting a better. People who are disgusted at this admission may be again reminded that a great war is in progress, and that this fact overrides all ordinary constitutional considerations.


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