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By the terms of the constitutional monarchy formed inthe English Parliament represented the interests of the nation by ritually gathering noblemen and bishops in the House of Lords and the often aristocratic elected representatives of boroughs and counties in the House of Commons in order to form a government together with the Crown.
This system went unchanged even as the Parliament of England and Wales combined with those of Scotland in and Ireland in the Act of Union.
By reforming the House of Commons in response to widespread protests, however, the ruling class in Parliament effectively sanctioned a changing political order. The Great Reform Act thus marks a crucial moment in the history of British political representation. It explores this crisis in aristocratic rule through the prisms of class, religion, geography, and the rise of the popular press.
Adopted with the restoration of monarchy after the heady days of the English civil war, it offered constitutional ballast for a balance of power. Yet it could also be used to keep fellow-subjects at bay—or in the dark.
Infor example, Edward Cave was imprisoned for writing newsletters containing an account of the proceedings of the House. After mobs rioted to protest the imprisonment of newspaper proprietors inand again inParliament came to tolerate unofficial reports, declining either to eject reporters on a regular basis or to prosecute the expansive reports of debates in all the major papers Gratton 62, Unofficial digests and compilations of the debates also thrived: Inthis dam was re-formed, with an eye to enduring stability, by affording a different flow.
This alteration permitted new kinds of circulation between the subjects of the state and their representatives. In this sense, the galvanizing events of reform constituted a breach of aristocratic privilege. Although the enacted reform was conceived as a permanent solution to the modern problems of parliamentary governance, the reformed government nonetheless found itself in an altered landscape, with the prospect of further breaches to come.
Much like the practice of tolerating unofficial reports, in short, the Reform Act did not weaken aristocratic rule in the British parliament so much as it acknowledged and legitimized the ritual breach of ruling class privileges.
Rotten Boroughs It is related. Thackeray, Vanity Fair ch. For everie Englishman is entended to be there present, either in person or by procuration. Implied consent could benefit the Crown, as Hanna Pitkin notes: With this in mind, in the fledgling U.
In the light of these radical experiments in democracy, the power retained by hereditary landowners in the British government of the early nineteenth century was remarkable. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland continued to be ruled by an hereditary monarchy in tandem with a House of Lords comprised of individuals who were either elevated by the king or inherited the rank from their fathers.
Then as now, the only elected Members of Parliament served in the House of Commons. The difference between the House of Commons and the House of Lords was, moreover, far from crystal-clear in the s, as electoral quirks and an evolving system of patronage ensured a ruling-class monopoly on parliamentary elections.
The electoral system hinged on geography and past practice rather than systematic procedures or population surveys. In districts with larger numbers of electors, meanwhile, votes could be openly purchased and voters openly punished.
There are three stock-brokers in it, which was never the case. By the Acts of Union inthe Irish parliament had been abolished and its representatives sent to join the British parliament in Westminster. These representatives, mostly drawn from the Anglo-Irish aristocracy, had to be Anglican members of the Church of Englandalthough Irish Catholics had been eligible to vote since Fearful of the new powers of the Catholic Association, which threatened British rule in Ireland, parliamentary leaders sought a compromise: The conservative Tory government swiftly passed the Catholic Emancipation Bill, despite its unpopularity with English voters, partly by drawing upon the networks of power and patronage of the borough system.
Sir Robert Peel, for example, lost his re-election bid at Oxford in February of amidst an uproar over the Catholic emancipation bill, which he was sponsoring in the House of Commons. But just in time to introduce the bill, he was nominated and re- elected by a total of three voters as a representative for Westbury, where a notorious borough owner had resigned in his favor.
Anti-Catholic sentiment thus fueled a new coalition for fundamental parliamentary reform. Catholic emancipation demonstrated not only how rigged elections enabled ministers to flout public opinion, but also how outside groups like the Catholic Association could nonetheless mobilize voters and demand political concessions.
Byevents within and far beyond the halls of government conspired to make parliamentary reform not only possible but urgent. At night, the whole atmosphere was lighted up by fires, the work of lawless depredators. In response, the Whigs began to circulate their own less radical schemes, with payments to compensate current borough owners.
The new king was neither closely allied with ultra-Tory landowners nor opposed to working with the Whigs. He is called, I believe — an — Ironmaster. The successful reform act sponsored by Lord Grey and carried by Lord Russell thus sought to forestall threats of revolution.
As Lord Macaulay advised Parliament during the debates of On the one hand, the cities of ManchesterBirmingham and Leeds did not have a single M. On the other hand, eleven seaboard counties, parts of which were falling into the sea, still contained more than half the English borough seats Brock Adapted from remarks to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, San Francisco, July 17, Since November, a kind of fatalistic cloud has settled over the campaign to reform the .
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