Go Out and Govern New South Wales

  • John Maloney


Arriving in Downing Street brings out the essence of many a politician, but the two most famous reactions are from the same year. In February 1868 Disraeli announced he had climbed to the top of the greasy pole. He and his minority government were not there long, and in December it was Gladstone’s turn to declare that his mission was to pacify Ireland.


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    Robert Lowe, ‘Success’ (1869), quoted in Arthur Patchett Martin, Life and Letters of the Right Honourable Robert Lowe, Viscount Sherbrooke, London, 1893, vol. 2, p. 359.Google Scholar
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    James Winter, Robert Lowe, Toronto, 1976.Google Scholar
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    Gillian Knight, Illiberal Liberal: Robert Lowe in New South Wales, 1842–1850, Melbourne, 1966, p. 119.Google Scholar
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    Martin, Life and Letters, vol. 1, p. 329. This was in line with the theory of colonisation advanced by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a doctrine much praised by J.S. Mill as identifying a case of market failure and an appropriate remedy by the state (J.S. Mill, Principles of Political Economy, variorum edition in J.M. Robson (ed.), The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Toronto, 1967, vol. 3, pp. 958–9, 963–6).Google Scholar
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    Speech by Robert Lowe, 27 July 1848, quoted in Knight, Illiberal Liberal, p. 202.Google Scholar

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