The Radical platform, speeches

Morrison and Gibb, 1885 - 54 páginas
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Página 34 - It may well be the case, and there is every reason to fear it is the case, that there is collected a population in our great towns which equals in amount the whole of those who lived in England and Wales six centuries ago, but whose condition is more destitute, whose homes are more squalid, whose means are more uncertain, whose prospects are more hopeless than those of the poorest serfs of the Middle Ages and the meanest drudges of the mediaeval cities."—Rogers, Six Centuries offforh and ffages.
Página 23 - We have to account for and grapple with the mass of misery and destitution in our midst, co-existent as it is with the evidence of abundant wealth and teeming prosperity. It is a problem which some men would put aside by references to the eternal laws of supply and demand, to the necessity of freedom of contract, and to the sanctity of every private right of property.
Página 5 - Communist, although some people will have it that I am. Considering the difference in the character and the capacity of men, I do not believe that there can ever be an absolute equality of conditions, and I think that nothing would be more undesirable than that we should remove the stimulus to industry and thrift and exertion which is afforded by the security given to every man in the enjoyment of the fruits of his own individual exertions. I am opposed to confiscation in every shape or form, because...
Página 25 - I believe an addition to the income-tax of three farthings in the pound, as one method of providing the money, would be sufficient to throw open to-morrow every schoolhouse in the land, leaving all other and collateral questions entirely unprejudiced and untouched. I claim the freedom of the schools as a great aid to the spread of education, and as a just concession to the necessities of the poor. The fee is a great bar to regularity of attendance. It accounts for the greater part of the waste in...
Página 4 - I want you to make this the first object in the Liberal programme for the reformed Parliament. It is not our duty, it is not our wish, to pull down and abase the rich, although I do not think that the excessive aggregation of wealth in a few hands is any advantage to anybody. But our object is to elevate the poor, to raise the general condition of the people.
Página 20 - We should establish within less than thirty miles of our shores a new foreign country animated from the outset with unfriendly intentions towards ourselves. A policy like that I firmly believe would be disastrous and ruinous to Ireland herself. It would be dangerous to the security of this country, and under these circumstances I hold that we are bound to take every step in our power to avert so great a calamity.
Página 12 - There is only one thing that can benefit the farmer, and that is a fair rent fixed by an impartial tribunal — with the right of free sale of the goodwill of his undertaking, just the same as any other trader.
Página 15 - Hartington is the last man in the world to be caught by the chaff of the Tory democracy. The Tories are founding themselves again, as they have done in the past, upon expectations which are doomed to disappointment. Our Liberalism is broad enough and free enough to include within its borders all the friends of progress. We may differ among ourselves, as we have done at every period of our history, as to the order or even as to the nature of the measures that we shall take from time to time to give...
Página 42 - Tour better way we shall joyfully hear of it, but for my part neither sneers, nor abuse, nor opposition, shall induce me to accept as the will of the Almighty and the unalterable dispensation of His providence, a state of things under which millions lead sordid, hopeless, and monotonous lives — without pleasure in the present and without prospect for the future.
Página 30 - ... are waiting for some further declaration on the part of the leaders. The question appears to me to be of such great and serious importance that it ought not to be treated as a shuttlecock between different parties in the country. I myself have been pressed in numerous communications to deal with the subject to-night, and although I have no authority, I do not feel justified altogether in passing it by. I must warn you, however, that I am not an impartial witness.

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