How Far Do People Get The Right To Vote In 1850 Essay

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In 1850 Britain was not democratic. Voting Five out of six males could not vote, and no females. Before 1832, 20 million people lived in Britain. Only 653,000 were entitled to vote. The vast majority of men and all women were without the vote. Voting was seen as the right of a small number of well-to-do people. The upper class dominated politics. One out of every seven adult males had the right to vote. By 1860 there were only 1.4 million voters out of a population of 30million. Voters All men who were landowners, tenant farmers, professional men, like doctors or lawyers, or businessmen had the right to vote. The franchise (right to vote) was based on property. The 1832 Reform Bill gave the vote to the upper-middle class who along with the landed aristocracy dominated British politics Fairness Elections were marked by corruption and by intimidation. The small size of the electorate allowed vote-rigging and intimidation of voters as well as bribery. At elections, voters had to say in public which candidate they were voting for, and could be accordingly bribed or bullied by the wealthy or ambitious. Votes were sometimes openly sold, perhaps for as much as £15. Politics was dominated by wealth and class. The electoral system in 1850…show more content…
The growth of democracy in Britain has much to do with changing ideas and attitudes about who should have a say in the running of the country. There were valid arguments for both reform and retaining the status quo. People who did not want change stated that those who represented Britain represented the land of Britain, therefore to represent Britain you should be a landowner and have ‘a stake in the land’. Today the belief is that M.P’s represent the people of Britain rather than the land. Such an idea would have been unthinkable to most politicians in 1850. In 1832, the mass of the people, the rabble, could be ignored as long as they caused no
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