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A Franchise Advocate

1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: James Paul

Publication: Dundee Evening Telegraph

Published: 14 October 1884

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

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The poet recounts a ploughman coming to his door and recounting how for forty years he has been subject to laws made by people he has no say in voting for. Poem is in Scots and presents an image of educated, intelligent and morally sound rural working class who deserve the vote.