By Geoffrey Lewis
The partition of eire in 1921, and the delivery of Northern eire as a political entity, was once the paintings of 1 guy notably. Edward Carson, born in Dublin in 1854, used to be an excellent attorney whose cross-questioning of Oscar Wilde at his libel trial led to Wilde's downfall. An inspiring orator and a political heavyweight at Westminster, his defence of Unionism within the years earlier than the 1st international struggle, and of the rights of Ulster to not be swamped in an self reliant eire, made a united eire a political impossibility.
While a few of his activities have been denounced in England as with reference to treason, Carson's idealism and non secular tolerance have been untypical of the sectarian bigotry that marred the later background of Northern eire. Carson: the fellow Who Divided Ireland is the 1st sleek biography of an important determine in either British and Irish politics.
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This young gentleman has three qualifications for the post', its editorial ran on 7 March. ' On the same day the paper's London correspondent described in self-indulgent prose how the new chief executive of the country was wont to lie along the Treasury Bench in an attitude of muscular collapse. 'It seems like breaking a butterfly to extend Mr Balfour on the rack of Irish politics. ' The Nationalist press and its readership enjoyed themselves, but Lord Salisbury knew what he was doing. Arthur Balfour was to become the ablest and toughest Irish proconsul of modern times.
In April 1894 the Liberals, now led by Lord Rosebery, brought forward their Bill to deal with the problem of evicted tenants. It was introduced by John Morley and was based on the report of the Mathew Commission. It proposed to reinstate the tenants who had been evicted for taking part in the Plan of Campaign. Morley argued that to do so was essential to the peace of Ireland. Carson made a powerful response which was much admired by his Unionist colleagues. 20 For him the real offence in Liberal policy was that it promoted lawlessness in the name of peace.
Gide advised him not to go back to London; the risks were too great. But Wilde would not be persuaded. He returned for the first performance of The Importance of Being Earnest at the St James's Theatre on 14 February 1895. The Marquess arrived at the theatre with his accomplice the prize fighter, but they were refused admission. They left a grotesque bouquet of vegetables. Queensberry withdrew to consider his next move. It proved to be the crucial one. On 18 February he left a card with the porter at Wilde's club on which he had written: 'To Oscar Wilde posing as somdomite'.