Try these

1. Which area of these Isles gave women suffrage in 1881?
2. Why, originally, did Americans vote on Tuesdays?
3. May Queen Liz 2 vote in elections?
4. Why do the pollies fear ochlocracy today?
5. What were the Whigs [originally] mainly for?
6. Churchill’s 1st portfolio – which party?
7. Article V, Section 6 of which US state prohibits idiots from voting?

13 comments for “Try these

  1. Distant Relative
    May 23, 2019 at 18:16

    1. Isle of Man. (Very droll of them)
    2. Cos Wednesday was market day.
    3. No cos she’s German.
    4. Cos they’d all be in the clink – the populace would see to it.
    5. For those days when they hadn’t washed their hair.
    7. None of them cos a percentage in every one voted for Cankles.

  2. May 23, 2019 at 19:26

    Q3. May Queen Liz 2 vote in elections?

    In the UK, my off-the-top-of-the-head recollection is that Queen Liz (not Bess) can vote in elections for the EU Parliament – this cos (to them that be the ‘appropriate’ powers) she is nothing more than a Citizen (duly capitalised).

    For the rest (national, sub-national, local) she is Queen – thus having enough of a say, without having to traipse off to a polling station (sometimes in the rain).

    Best regards

    • May 23, 2019 at 19:46

      Yes.

    • rapscallion
      May 24, 2019 at 07:38

      As she may vote in EU elections because she is an EU citizen, it means inter alia that she cannot be a the Monarch. You are either one or the other, but not both

  3. May 23, 2019 at 19:40

    Q5. What were the Whigs [originally] mainly for?

    Themselves. Silly question!

    And they were what? (Mostly) non-aristocratic, so not Tory! And they cared to do something about their state: so not poor! [As otherwise would be too busy searching out crusts and gravy.] Landowners, merchants. They liked the monarchy, but not too much (so no Royal Prerogative; constitutional monarchy better) – and especially not Catholic monarchs.

    Q6. Churchill’s 1st portfolio – which party?

    I am confident his first political party was the Tories. Probably his first Ministry too, but I’m less certain of that. He certainly held Ministries in his second Party (Liberals) and third (Tories).

    Best regards

    • May 23, 2019 at 19:46

      Elected an MP in 1900, initially as a Conservative, he defected to the Liberals in 1904. In H. H. Asquith’s Liberal government, Churchill served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty, championing prison reform and workers’ social security.

    • dearieme
      May 23, 2019 at 21:37

      “(Mostly) non-aristocratic, so not Tory!” That’s arse-about-face. The Whigs were the grand nobility, the Tories the squirearchy.

  4. woodsy42
    May 23, 2019 at 21:31

    With ref to 3: I did notice a pic of our monarch doing a visit somewhere in today’s paper, she was wearing a coat in Brexit party colour blue – was this a subtle message?

  5. dearieme
    May 23, 2019 at 21:39

    “1. Which area of these Isles gave women suffrage in 1881?”

    In which area of these Isles did women have the vote before 1832?

  6. May 23, 2019 at 21:45

    All revealing.

    Was that the potboiling reference, by default including wimmin?

  7. May 24, 2019 at 07:39

    Dearieme writes: “(Mostly) non-aristocratic, so not Tory!’ That’s arse-about-face. The Whigs were the grand nobility, the Tories the squirearchy.”

    Having checked the usual sources, I find that my recollection about the Whigs and aristocracy was wrong. A lot of Whigs were aristocrats. However, also lots of Tories were aristocrats.

    Thanks to Dearieme for the correction.

    Aside: having read further about English/UK politics in the period from 1688 to around 1840, it seems most political parties (or perhaps factions) changed their mind on much policy – sometimes with complete reversal. Weird.

    Best regards

  8. May 24, 2019 at 08:20

    Thanks, both. Always learning.

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