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How to conduct elections

Started by Taman Tun, January 12, 2021, 12:15:37 PM

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Taman Tun

This from Patrick Kidd in the Times:-

GLASS HALF FULL
There was no Dry January in Rochdale 186 years ago. A project by the History of Parliament Trust, which is looking into elections in the mid-19th century, discovered that the Tory candidate for the Lancashire seat at the election at the start of 1835 paid 45 pubs to stay open to "treat" his voters. Since there were only 746 electors, this meant a lot of drinks a head (one had 36 brandies) and six died before polling day from overdoing it. Still, it made the difference. John Entwistle took the seat by 43 votes. The Tories have held it for only 28 of the years since.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

thaiga

:wave  Hi T.T.
Rochdale has some really interesting history behind it and amazing buildings, once known as a thriving textile manufacturing centre.
interesting read HERE ... manchesterhistory.net

The town and surrounding area could be divided into three groups or classes. There were the members of the upper-class, the wealthy land owners, the Tory gentry, who were members of the Anglican Church. These people had the ability to wield real power through their connections in the church, the magistrature, and by casting a vote in elections. The middle-class, the nouveau-riche entrepreneurs who were ambitious, self-made men, saw themselves as the engines of this economic boom but completely disenfranchised since they were unable to vote in elections.

Many of the members of this group belonged to one or other of the diverse non-conformist churches that had sprung up in the area, Politically, they were Whigs and later Liberals and they were determined to wrestle power away from the traditional ruling class. At the bottom of the heap economically and politically were the working-class who made up 96% or the population of Rochdale.
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