George Wyndham was born a century and a half ago today on August 29, 1863. He later served as a Member of Parliament from Dover from July 12, 1889 until his sudden, untimely death from a heart attack in his 50th year on June 8, 1913. This year, hence, we also mark the centennial of his passing.
The Right Honourable George Wyndham PC
The Right Honourable George Wyndham PC was the leader in the House of Commons of the die-hard opponents of the Parliament Bill that became Parliament Act 1911.
On February 22, 1911 he spoke before the House of Commons:
When the Prime Minister [Asquith] comes to the most formidable obstacle in his course he always develops a most impressive manner and endeavours to dismiss from the minds of those who differ from him all fears which they may entertain. When he came to this point in his speech yesterday he was kind enough to say that he did not challenge the sincerity of those who believe—as we do sincerely believe—that this measure will erect a despotic Single Chamber rule, and becoming more and more impressive in his manner he wound up that portion of his speech by saying that this was the most unsubstantial nightmare that had ever affected the imagination. As his manner became more and more impressive so did the matter which he was unfolding become less and less convincing.Indeed! The ever more absolute representative democracy has not delivered on its promise of more liberty...