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A Prophesy

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

Publication: The Carsonian: The Organ of the Aberdeen University Unionist Association

Publisher: Printed by W. & W. Lindsay

Published: 1 July 1908

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Herbert Henry Asquith (1852-1928)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): LC 050 AB3
Pages(s): 7

This poem appears in The Carsonian, the organ of the Aberdeen University Unionist Association.  This issue was printed during the rectorial election campaign, when Edward Carson aimed to become Rector of Aberdeen University, but ultimately lost to his political rival, Prime Minister Asquith.  In this poem, Asquith's supporters are mocked as dejected; this is contrasted with the strength of the Tory supporters.  In the fifth stanza, the Liberal campaigner is told not to go out as they will face 'the angry suffragette'.  The suffragettes in 1908 were broadly opposed to Asquith, who they believed had betrayed them.  The suffragettes mounted a robust campaign against Asquith in the 1908 Aberdeen rectorial eleciton.  Some local figures are mentioned in the poem: Jameson, Bert Milne, Cheyne and Bob Richards.