“Awful Scene of Gloom and Dejec­tion”: The Lib­er­al Cab­i­net in “Punch” after the House of Lords referred Lloyd George’s 1909 bud­get to the coun­try (tan­ta­mount to pas­sage). Back row L-R: Richard Hal­dane, Win­ston Churchill (“Don’t let my feet touch the ground!”), David Lloyd George, H.H. Asquith, John Mor­ley. Front Row L-R: Regi­nald McKen­na, Lord Crewe (“My boy, they are deliv­ered into our hands!”) and Augus­tine Bir­rell. (Car­toon by Edward Ten­nyson Reed, pub­lic domain)

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