Sunday 29 April 2018

Sunday Snap – The Victorian Prime Minister

We were in Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked who returned to Earth from the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module and the answer is

Tim Peake

Reaching the Moon with the right answer were Kara and Susan.

This week we are back in Glasgow which we visited on our Scottish road trip recently. This life-size statute pays tribute to the former rector of Glasgow University but he made his name in politics. Although born in Liverpool in 1829 both of his parents were Scottish. After graduating from Oxford University he became a MP at the age of just 22. He started off as a Tory and served in Sir Robert Peel's Cabinet. After the split in the Tories he went with Peel to the Whigs and Radicals which became the Liberal Party.

His first senior position came in 1852 when he became Chancellor of the Exchequer. Over his lifetime he was to become Chancellor on four separate occasions. He still has a presence in HM Treasury as a black cat who was named after him and installed as 'Chief Mouser to the Treasury'.

In 1868 at the age of 58 he became Prime Minister for the first time. He went on to serve as Prime Minister for another three times. When he resigned the position in 1894 he was 84 years old – no Prime Minister has ever been older. Despite his long political career which spanned most of Queen Victoria's reign he was never liked by her. In fact many go as far as saying that Victoria despised him. Apparently she always stood during their meetings which meant he had to stand as well. This was in complete contrast to his political rival, Benjamin Disraeli, who was a favourite of the Queen's as she preferred his policies and personality. This week's question is

Who is the Victorian Prime Minister?

We were joined last week by Susan and a visit to the Wallace Monument. Lisa has been uncovering the mystery of Picasso. Looking back at the flower show in Seattle in February Sara spotted frittilaria and a flower cake. It was smiles all round for Kara's birthday boy on the zip wire and enjoying his Star Wars cake. Finally, Betty has been capturing a selection of oddities in New Zealand.

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