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University Representation in Parliament

Nature volume 110, pages 625626 (11 November 1922) | Download Citation



THE last General Election was held in December 1918 under conditions entirely unfavourable for testing the revised system of university representation introduced by the Representation of the People Act of that year. Many thousands of the graduates of our universities were, figuratively or literally, removing from their minds and their habiliments the accumulated mud of four years' warfare. Women graduates, enfranchised for the first time both for university and for local constituencies, had been too much occupied with the problems, national as well as domestic, arising from the war, to explore the new opportunities of social and political service which the hardly-won privilege of the vote had gained for them. We need not attempt to examine in detail the political conditions which faced the nation at the conclusion of the war. Personalities and powers chose to act in accord with the transient temperament of a dazed and somewhat irresponsible people, a temperament which we now recognise, after four sobering years, was based on unsound economics and impracticable idealism.

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