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Character and Conduct

‘Never Trust Experts’

Lord Salisbury seeks to calm the Viceroy of India’s nerves in the face of anti-Russian hysteria.

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Richard Cobden

Statesman vs Politician

American journalist and poet WC Bryant numbered Richard Cobden MP among the world’s statesmen, not our politicians.

International Relations

A Passion for Meddling

Richard Cobden questioned both the wisdom and the motives of politicians who intervene on foreign soil.

Richard Cobden

An Aristocracy of Mere Wealth

Richard Cobden was not a little envious of the USA’s open and can-do society, but he did not covet her republicanism.

Character and Conduct

Not Worth a Shilling

Jack Curran’s career as a defender of victims of political prejudice got off to a stuttering start.

Character and Conduct

An Unpopular Popular Reform

Statesmen promise to make the country a better place, but they never mention the one thing that would do some good.

Character and Conduct

Inordinate Saving

Samuel Smiles warned that taking care of the pennies should not come before taking care of living.