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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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John Bull’s Other Lands

John Bull’s Other Lands

(p.179) 8 John Bull’s Other Lands
The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

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

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