To the Opposition whip

This poem mocks H A Ingles, the Government whip who miscounted the number of votes for the Government in 1872.

Silver Pen (pen name of Mrs Corlett), Parliamentary Skits and Sketches, 1872. Read by Nonnita Rees.


Most noble whip, you’ve done your duty well,

And like a gentleman, as all can tell;

The opposition ladies, all will bless,

Henceforth and for ever, Mr. Whip Ingles.


How well you’ve shepherded your wandring flock,

and sav’d the votes of those who, on a rock

Of tipsy folly, had almost been lost,

Which would your mighty schemes have tempest toss’d.