The Corner

Melbourne

Well, John, I’ll plead the Fifth on that one, but one of the other great comments from the old country on this topic came from the 19th Century Prime Minister Lord Melbourne. Annoyed by a particularly intense evangelical sermon, he was heard to remark that “things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life”, a comment that, has probably annoyed a good number of clerics over the years. Melbourne himself also managed the quite remarkable dual historical achievement of being cuckolded by Byron and, in later life, having a crush on the young Queen Victoria.

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