Sunday, 20 April 2008

Sir Samuel Thomas Evans

I pass this plaque, on an estate agency in New Road, Skewen, at least once a week. So there is no excuse for my noting the centenary of Asquith's becoming prime minister without also posting the fact that a man from Skewen became solicitor-general 100 years ago.

Sir Samuel was one of a quartet of radical Liberals who pointed to a post-Gladstone future for the party. (But his radicalism did not extend to women's suffrage, which Lloyd George embraced in due course.)

One hopes there are appropriate commemorations of Sir Samuel's 150th this time next year.

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