Saturday, January 19, 2013

William Gladstone: the Batman of nineteenth century politics.

Think about it  - he's the serious going-on grim scion of a family of wealthy industrialists, who stalks the night trying to fight crime persuade sex workers to reform, who receives little or no thanks for his life's work as a grim avenger of the night four-times Prime Minister. 

Benjamin Disraeli was more the Adam West-era Batman of nineteenth century politics - there was a man who knew how to have a good time.

And the Duke of Wellington was, of course... 

the Iron Man of the Regency period. 

Any more convoluted assignment of superheroes/villains to major Victorian figures most welcome. Karl Marx as Magneto, anyone?

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