NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
20th December, 1910 : The British general election has produced a remarkable tie – Liberals and Tories with 272 seats each. The fierce controversies over the Budget and House of Lords reform have thus hardly changed party fortunes since the last election eleven months ago. Mr Asquith continues as the Prime Minister. He has the reluctant backing of 42 Labour MPs and 84 Irish Nationalists. There has been great turbulence on the hustings. The campaign ended with an infuriated mob preventing Winston Churchill, the Home Secretary, from breaking with the convention and making a polling day speech in Lincoln. He yelled: “Keep your places. Somebody will be killed”.