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John Bull’s Other Lands

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.003.0008
John Bull’s Other Lands

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Devolution was the first thing in mind of the Liberal leaders between 1886 and 1914 which caused the presence of a home rule for Ireland — ‘John Bull’s other island’. A majority of Liberals thought that there was a need to devolve. They also thought that home rule was a good idea. They feared that, unless Ireland were granted home rule, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) would be able to govern Ireland only by means of force. More positively, W. E. Gladstone and his successors believed that the granting of home rule would reconcile the people of Ireland to its remaining part of the UK.

Keywords: John Bull; devolution; home rule; Ireland; Liberals; United Kingdom government; force; W. E. Gladstone; reconciliation

Chapter.  16481 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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