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Reform

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Glasgow Herald

Published: 4 November 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX3
Pages(s): 4

This poem compares The poem is attributed to 'Ackermann's Humourist', or The Humourist, a London magazine.  The poem draws a comparison between the reform bill and a wagon: the Prime Minister is the Grey who 'drags on'.  The speaker is sceptical that the Bill will 'cheapen bread' as the poor apparently expect it will.  The poem also attacks those who claim that the colonies should be represented in parliament, specifically mentioning how strange it would be if there were members from Botany Bay, Australia.