( 1809–98), British Liberal statesman, Prime Minister 1868–74, 1880-5, 1886, and 1892-4. At first a Conservative minister, he later joined the Liberal Party, becoming its leader in 1867. His ministries saw the introduction of elementary education, the passing of the Irish Land Acts and the third Reform Act, and his campaign in favour of Home Rule for Ireland.
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- Others - the so-called ‘Orange Book’ liberals - are genuine Gladstonian liberals.
- In the latter view, Gladstonian liberalism is seen as deriving its support from an inchoate mass of different groups, often with incompatible goals.
- And I believe you can tell whether a politician is for hope or fear by how they answer the great Gladstonian test: do you trust the people?
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