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The Quarrel of Macaulay and CrokerPolitics and History in the Age of Reform$
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William Thomas

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208648.001.0001

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Croker's Political Opinions

Croker's Political Opinions

(p.32) 2 Croker's Political Opinions
The Quarrel of Macaulay and Croker

William Thomas

Oxford University Press

Croker's career covers a longer stretch of political history than his rival's and serves to display more conveniently the successive phases in the development of party politics. After exploring four such phases, the discussion considers the careers of the two antagonists in this light. Croker formed his political allegiances in the second phase of non-party loyalism, and Macaulay formed his in the third. Croker traced his political opinions to the impact of the French Revolution. The Act of Union hastened Croker's political rise, but it had the effect of alienating him from his native country. From a survey of Croker's political career, it looked as if he was too liberal for Irish electoral conditions after 1801, yet too Irish ever to think of standing for an open English borough. What he disapproved of was popular pressure, or Whig or radical leaders acting under its influence.

Keywords:   Irish, party politics, non-party loyalism, Act of Union, Croker

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