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Irish, Catholic and ScouseThe History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800-1940$
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John Belchem

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311079

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313363

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Electoral Politics: Towards Home Rule

Electoral Politics: Towards Home Rule

(p.121) 5 Electoral Politics: Towards Home Rule
Irish, Catholic and Scouse
Liverpool University Press

This chapter, which deals with the socially exclusive Liberal politics, attempts to represent the convoluted route from grateful dependence upon the Liberals to defiant ‘Home Rule’ political independence. The Nat-Labism covered by the younger generation of Irish National Party councillors was as fiery in its commitment to Irish nationalism as to social reform, both policies illustrating a final rejection of Liberalism. It is shown that the loss of Liberal parliamentary representation was a blow, but there were compensations for the moderates at municipal level. The defeat of the Liberals motivated one of the Parnellite ‘young Turks’ prominent in the Amnesty Association to mount an independent challenge. It is noted that Liverpool-Irish Catholics were not considered eligible for the post of lord mayor, the city's first citizen.

Keywords:   Liberal politics, Home Rule, Nat-Labism, Irish National Party, Irish nationalism, Liberalism, Liberal parliamentary representation, Amnesty Association, Liverpool-Irish Catholics

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