Robert Woodall describes the state of early parliamentary reporting, during a period when it was disapproved by Members .
A secret ballot at general elections had been a reformers’ demand since the seventeenth century. It was achieved two hundred years later, writes Robert Woodall, after much experience of bribery.
The purchase system, writes Robert Woodall, was regarded by its opponents as the main obstacle to the creation of professional officer corps.
Robert Woodall describes how Palmerston lost office in February 1858 during the Anglo-French controversy over Orsini’s bomb plot.
Robert Woodall describes how twenty-nine years of public controversy preceded the political emancipation of British Jews.