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By Angus Hawkins

Among 1852 and 1886 British politics moved from a method of 'parliamentary executive' in the direction of a get together procedure. This publication seems at why and the way this transformation occurred and analyses the long term implications it had for British politics.

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5 Fifteen or so Irish MPs, nicknamed the Pope's Brass Band though officially called the Irish Brigade, sought reform of landlord-tenant law and redress for Irish agrarian grievances. But their pledge, not always observed, to 'independent opposition' to any administration was deliberately intended further to unsettle party alignment. The fact that Derby's shortlived minority Conservative ministry, from February to December 1852, was most notable for surrendering the commitment to protectionism opened up further options.

28 Through this control patrician Whig traditions were upheld, it was claimed, by a responsible and disinterested aristocracy in office, aloof from provincial or sectional perspectives, acting through parliament to promote the collective welfare of the nation. Whigs were reform's protagonists of the practicable. In response to social, economic, and intellectual change the interests of differing classes should be harmonised. At the same time, the rule of law, the bedrock of civilised order, was upheld.

The usurping of many of 31 British Party Politics, 1852~1886 the functions of 'Executive Government' by the Commons was the 'great public evil' to be prevented and feared. 37 Peel played little part in the formal organisation of the Conservative party during the 1830s. He supplied an executive ethic around which others, notably the Conservative agent F. R. Bonham, assembled a party structure. It was therefore fitting that Peel's position as Conservative leader was confirmed by the actions of William IV in the autumn of 1834, rather than by Conservative backbench opinion.

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