Punch,  22 (1852), 73.

The Complaint of the Country M.P.



Poetry, Drollery


Government, Technology, Public Health, Pollution, Agriculture, Expertise, Scientific Practitioners, Charlatanry

    Complains about the disastrous ventilation system in the House of Commons, which has led to such dire consequences as members of parliament 'breathing sulphuretted— / What d'ye call it?— hydrogen'. Pointing out that 'this is ventilation / Upon scientific grounds / Which cost the British nation / Near a hundred thousand pounds', denies that 'men of science' know anything about chemistry and condemns 'your Faradays and Brandes, / And your Liebigs' who advocate chemical fertilisers.

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