Why Liverpool University would be wrong to remove Mr.Gladstone’s name from a hall of residence in Mossley Hill


 

Why Liverpool University would be wrong to remove Mr.Gladstone’s name from a hall of residence in Mossley Hill

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-42000256

 

See Liverpool John Moores University Roscoe Lecture :

https://davidalton.net/2012/02/18/gladstone-lecture-liverpool-son-of-liverpool-scourge-of-tyrants/

Gladstone – Son of Liverpool, Scourge of Tyrants
Roscoe Lecture
Audio: Gladstone – son of Liverpool, Scourge of Tyrants – Tuesday 2 October 2009 – Roscoe Lecture

Extract:

 

 Days after the Abolition Bill was passed in 1833 (and which Gladstone had opposed) his friend, Henry Wilberforce, took him to the deathbed of his father, William. Gladstone prayed with William Wilberforce and ten days later he attended his funeral at Westminster Abbey. Gladstone said: “It brought me solemn thoughts, particularly about the slaves. This is a burdensome question.” Just as he later embraced the cause of wider electoral representation, Gladstone renounced his support of slavery and admitted that Wilberforce had profoundly affected him: “I can see plainly enough the sad defects, the real illiberalism of my opinions on that subject.”

 

Gladstone changed his mind and went on to become the greatest of our peace time Prime Ministers. 

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