CHARLES STEWART PARNELL
TUK CHIMHS ACT
THE Government of Lord Spencer soon beeame. as odious as the Government of Lord Cow JUT had been. This was inevitable. No English governor can rule Ireland by coercion and win the. popular favour, * The question is/ said Lalor Hluul, t do you wish to rule Ireland by putting yourselves in contact or in collision with the people ? ' It was the wish of .Lord Spencer to rule Ireland by putting himself in contact with the people. But the PlueniK Park murders forced the Ministry to pass a Coercion Act,1 which, in the words of Parnell, * Lord Spencer administered up to the hilt/
The beginning of the year 1883 was signalised by a series of blunders on the part of the Administration. Mr, Biggar had made a fierce attack upon the Viceroy.
1 August 10, 1HH2. There wan an autumn scsinikm of PfU'Hftiiumt m 1882, when the clo&uw, the most effective meutmre hitherto iakon against obstruction, was passed.
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