**Cocker in
the Commons**

Anon

Genre: | Introduction, Drollery; Extract, Instructions, Spoof |

Subjects: | Mathematics, Measurement, Politics, Government |

Grieving the mathematical ineptitude of a number of statesmen in the
'reformed Parliament', Mr Punch, 'Minister of Public Instruction', has compiled
a 'Handy-book of Arithmetic' and presents a few extracts from the work. He uses
arithmetical operations on political quantities to produce some decidedly
non-mathematical political conclusions. For example, under 'Division of
Parties', Mr Punch advises: 'Divide 310 Liberals, 200 Conservatives, and 58
ultra-Liberals by 3 Bills, 6 Instructions, and 9 Amendments. What will a
Ministerial measure come to. |

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