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Extract from a novel published in 1900; who wrote it?
"I think," said the President, "that the English Government also have to keep the electorate amused. It is a Conservative ministry; they must keep things going abroad to divert the public mind from advanced legislation."
And no sneaky Googling!

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ghostwes
Mar. 28th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Hmm, G. K. Chesterton?
alitheapipkin
Mar. 28th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
This was my guess too.
bellinghman
Mar. 28th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Mine too - it has the right shade of political cynicism.
clanwilliam
Mar. 28th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm going to guess Winston Churchill. Wasn't he a successful novelist at the time?

I'd have guessed Trollope, but he was long dead.
steepholm
Mar. 28th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought too.
redfiona99
Mar. 28th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
It's too early for Waugh, and too late for Wilde. Churchill? (I admit to wiki-ing Churchill to check his dates)
bart_calendar
Mar. 28th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Henry Adams?
communicator
Mar. 28th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Hilaire Belloc?
burkesworks
Mar. 28th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Looks like Chesterton's "The Napoleon of Notting Hill" to me
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