Punch,  38 (1860), 78.

The Bitter Pill, or the Least of Two Evils



Poetry, Drollery


Government, Politics, Commerce, Medical Treatment, Quackery

    Written from the perspective of John Bull, considers the Liberal administration's 'tenpenny Income-Tax' to be its 'biggest and bitterest pill', but points out that he would 'rather swallow that, than put my self in the hands of those quacks [....] Who puff themselves in the papers and their own trumpets blow, / As proprietors of the Conservative Pill—Messrs. Derby, Dizzy and Co.'

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