from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Asquith, Herbert Henry. First Earl of Oxford and Asquith. 1852-1928. British Liberal politician and prime minister (1908-1916) who introduced unemployment insurance and old-age pensions and supported the Parliament Act of 1911, which established salaries for elected members and restricted the power of veto in the House of Lords.


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  • Education (1915-1916) and paymaster-general (1916) in Asquith's government, and in Lloyd George's government a minister without portfolio, acting primarily as an adviser on labor questions.

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  • Asquith is fifty-six years of age and still in his prime as a politician.

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  • Needless to say, the Duchess of Devonshire, the Marchioness of Londonderry, and Margot Asquith, among others, were extremely powerful and exerted much influence over their husbands and their protegees.

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  • Margot Asquith despised Theresa, characterizing her as arrogant and vulgar, but praised Louisa Devonshire as “the last great political lady in London society as I have known it,” noting that “she was powerful enough to entertain both the great political parties which few can do.”

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  • In a Stamford bookshop today (though not the one that stuffs owls) I bought a copy of a one-volume edition of The Autobiography of Margot Asquith edited by Mark Bonham Carter.

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  • In this imaginary case Mr. Asquith is credited with 14 votes because he was marked number on 14 papers.

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  • I answered that this Government have said they will do absolutely nothing as a Government, and Mr. Asquith is exactly where he was in 1908; all our peaceful agitation has been valueless in his eyes.

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  • My introduction to horror was an old anthology I found in my school library about 1966, filled with great names like Oliver Onions, Arthur Machen, Wm Hope Hodgson, E.F. Benson, Guy de Maupassant, Lady Asquith.

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  • As a hinterland for a Liberal leader that is healthier than Gladstone's search for fallen women, or Asquith's perpetual games of bridge.

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  • The tradition of Beveridge, Keynes, Lloyd George and Asquith, and for that matter of David Steel, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell – the tradition that stood for a synthesis of freedom and solidarity, procured by a strong, but not oppressive state – no longer spoke to them.

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