The Departure of Elgin from the Colonial Office April 1908
Asquith did not want Elgin in his ministry. The departure of Elgin from the colonial office was an unpleasant episode in Edwardian politics, which were much less subject to ruthless cabinet purges than those of the new Elizabethan era. Gladstone’s principle was not yet forgotten: one of the most serious decisions a prime minister could take was to leave out a man once in the cabinet.
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