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Reform Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This song reflects on the long fight for reform going back to the 1790s, from the vantage point of 1832. It points to the fate of earlier radicals - execution and exile - and the recent challenges in getting legislation through the 'grinding mill' of Westminster. In particular it alights on the blocking tactics of Tories, and - by contrast - celebrates the achievements of reformers such as Hume and Brougham and Earl Grey.