Palmerston’s achievement was the actual dominance of foreign affairs, the apparent paucity of domestic issues, and the prominence of the personality of the premier in parliamentary rhetoric and debate during 1855 and 1856. Palmerston successfully donned ‘Chatham’s mantle’. This created the imperative need, among hostile sections of political opinion, for a policy of opposition distinct from mere anti-Palmerstonianism; an opposition policy to shift the political focus away from the person of the premier. This in turn, pointed to that which opposition groups perceived to be their distinctive concern.


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  • Angus Hawkins
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  1. 1.Loyola Marymount UniversityCaliforniaUSA

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