Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Close votes in Parliament

It was nip and tuck [between the Tories and the Whigs] during this reign and the next one. No one could foresee with surety how an election would result, nor was there even any certainty as to the outcome of a vote in the closely balanced House of Commons. The absence of a few Whigs or Tories for a cockfight or a party might be enough to change the vote.

(from A History of England and the British Empire)

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