Deakins Political pack 1st edition Willis & Co 1886.
This pack of cards celebrates, if that is the right word, the often acrimonious debates, disputes and resignations in the British Parliament over the Irish situation in the late 19th century. Some things never change! Lord Salisbury (King of Diamonds) became the Conservative leader in 1885 when the Liberal leader William Ewart Gladstone ("Grand Old Man" King of Hearts) came out in favour of "Home Rule for Ireland" Salisbury opposed him and formed an alliance with the breakaway Liberal Unionists and won the subsequent general election. He remained Prime Minister until Gladstone's Liberals regained power in the 1892 election with the support of the Irish Nationalist Party, despite the Unionists gaining the largest number of votes. 52 cards complete, no box, there are a few smudges here and there but overall they are in excellent condition.