Database of Poems
A Poem for the Times
1884: Representation of the People Act
Publication: Paisley Daily Express
Published: 27 September 1884
Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903)
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
This poem attacks the House of Lord: it begins 'The Lords are useless', the people said,'. The second chamber is seen as dominated by the Tory interest - the 'Gilded Chamber' where Lords 'hinder each popular bill'. This poem relates directly to the fight in Westminster for the third reform bill.