Punch,  8 (1845), 127.

The Electric Parliament



Essay, Drollery


Telegraphy, Government, Politics

    Announces that 'philosophy presents to legislation through Punch' the use of the electric telegraph in the Houses of Parliament. By connecting telegraphs from St Stephen's to every constituency, members will be able to 'express themselves in electric short-hand' while seated on their 'easy-chairs'. Explores the advantages of such an arrangement, including the fact that it will give debaters more time to think before they speak and prevent communication of 'whistlings, hootings, and groanings'. Expresses concern that 'it may be difficult' to teach Members of Parliament how to use the telegraph.

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