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Lord Hartington and Female Politicians.

! |.. L .-I' Speaking on Wednesday at the second annual meeting of the Women's Unionist Association m London, Lord Harbington salflhe^id' n'ot'kiiQ» r if}}fitheij hp p'xposeel himself to a charge of inconsistent^ m being present that afternoon, for he ha.d never *-aken an active part m what were called women's rights, nor had he ever voted for the admission of women to the Partttwnentajy franchise, At the same time ho would say that no one could deny that there was a very large number of women more fitted for the exercise of 'franchise than was the case with' a great number of men. \i he hesitated to vote for the admission- of women to the franchise, the reason which prompted him tp do so were exclusively of a'"practipal character. They must all admit that although the men might not be wiser, they were, at all events, stronger than women, and he did entertain some doubt whether >men would, m an important crisis, con-

sent to be governed by women. He doubted fery much, whether, if a question should arise m which the strong opinion of the majority of men were to be overruled by the assistance of a majority of women's votes, he apprehended that the only consequences would be that Parliamentary government would receive another check, and the system of representative government would be still further discredited than, he regretted to say, some recent occurrences had already discredited it. At the same time, there could be no doubt whatever that women did and ought to exercise great influence, although it might be an indirect influence m politics. The want of possession of suffrage did not prevent won^en from exercising any of those means t>f influencing the electorate which could be exercised by any man. Speaking of the iljgitation on the Local Taxation Bill, he held that it was ridiculous to contend that the great question of compensation m relation to this' subject could be seriously affected, much less could be finally disposed of, by a clause m a bill which dealt with a great many other subjects, and which simply enabled local authorities at their own discretion to purchase licenses for the purpose of the extinction of licenses which had already a recognised value m the market—licenses the yalue of which was recognised by the Government for purposes of taxation, licenses which had already been acquired by local authorities for the purposes of public improvement •fc th« price to which he had referted.

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Lord Hartington and Female Politicians., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2492, 15 August 1890

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Lord Hartington and Female Politicians. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2492, 15 August 1890

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