Punch,  54 (1868), 271.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Government, Politics, Telegraphy, Electricity, Progress, Cultural Geography, Railways, Transport

    Describes the debate on the proposed bill to put the telegraph system into government hands. Notes that the bill was opposed by George Leeman 'for the Companies' who Punch thinks only wanted to 'extort' money from the nation. Leeman claimed that the government would be reading 'our messages' and that it was also 'averse to improvements in electrical science'. Mocks the latter claim on the basis that companies 'never introduce any improvements' and that 'our Telegrams are the worst in Europe' and are not mechanically printed as in America. Later discusses a bill that would prevent railway companies extorting money from the public.

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