Archive for charles james fox

Why vote Liberal Democrat? Book review

If you go to Amazon searching for “Why vote Liberal Democrat?”, edited by Danny Alexander and just published  by Biteback, you may be surprised to find yourself being presented instead with a book of the same title from 1997, written by William Wallace. The new book is misfiled by Amazon under the title “Why vote [...]

Charles James Fox, the repeal of Poynings Law and the Act of Union

1 May 2009
This article first appeared in a special edition of the Journal of Liberal History (Issue 33) on Liberals and Ireland. The repeal of Poynings’ Law in 1782 brought about a short-lived period of real devolved power for the Irish Parliament that lasted until the 1801 Act of Union which, despite its name, was in effect […]

Great Liberal Speeches: Fox on the suspension of habeas corpus

18 April 2009
I was one of the contributors to Great Liberal Speeches. Here is my introduction to the selected speech from Charles James Fox speech, followed by the speech itself. Charles James Fox, 1749-1806, was one of the leading orators of his generation, easily able to hold his own against other such talents and opponents such as […]
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Charles James Fox: what was his legacy?

5 April 2009
At the spring 2006 Liberal Democrat conference I took part in a fringe meeting on Charles James Fox, a report of which appeared in the Journal of Liberal History Issue 52. Here are my speech notes. As this meeting is happening the day after the Liberal Democrats have elected a new leader to replace Charles […]

Charles James Fox: biography

1 April 2009 ,
This biography was written in 2006 for the Dictionary of Liberal Thought. Charles James Fox (1749 – 1806) was leader of the Whigs during the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. He was the first acknowledged “leader of the opposition” in Parliament and repeatedly argued in favour of the preservation of individual liberties at […]

Charles James Fox: biography

1 April 2009 ,
This biography was written in 2006 for the Dictionary of Liberal Thought. Charles James Fox (1749 – 1806) was leader of the Whigs during the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. He was the first acknowledged “leader of the opposition” in Parliament and repeatedly argued in favour of the preservation of individual liberties at […]