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Gladstone birth; LETTERS to the EDITOR.

"FACTS are sacred, opinion is free", but even in the so-called iconoclastic 1960s, when the world rocked to the Merseybeat and Nowhere Boy, a history of our global city and its distinct working class were not topics on the school curriculum, or the university syllabus that I followed.

Whatever the reasons for that and why the great English constitutional historian Walter Bagehot described the Grand Old Man of 19th-century politics and four times Prime Minister of Great Britain as "Oxford on the surface and Liverpool underneath", and his opponent Benjamin Disraeli accused him of not possessing a single redeeming defect, the basic incontrovertible fact is that Walter Ewart Gladstone, fourth son of plantation owner John, was born in 62, Rodney Street, 200 years ago this week.

Ron Noon, Liverpool John Moores University
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 30, 2009
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