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Parliamentary turmoil from the 1830s to today

Extracts from memoirs and diaries show the current chaos is nothing new

By Ian Irvine   August 2018

President Nasser of Egypt is served the head of Anthony Eden on a plate. The Suez crisis caused fury in parliament. Photo: GRANGER HISTORICAL PICTURE ARCHIVE / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

1831 Thomas Babington Macaulay, the historian and Whig MP, described the Commons vote on 30th March at 3am on the Great Reform Bill to clean up and extend the voting system:

“Such a scene as the division of last Tuesday I never saw, and never expect to see again. If I should live 50 years the impression of it will…

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