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1st Jul '14 9:12:06 AM LongLiveHumour
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[[caption-width-right:85:The UK's least popular PM.]]Spencer Perceval was a Tory prime minister of less than stellar quality. Almost everything he tried to do led to unpopular consequences. His response to Napoleon's embargo on British trade led to the first of many splits in his cabinet. His legislation to improve British industry led to the Luddite movement. Even Perceval's assuming the leadership of the Tory party had downsides: All the major political figures of the age had supported his main rival and refused to join his cabinet. Toward the end of his three years as prime minister, he had to be his own chancellor, as six people had turned him down.

And then on the way to an inquiry he had been forced to have into the legislation that had led to the Luddites, he got shot by John Bellingham, a man of questionable sanity who either blamed Perceval's economic policies for the collapse of his business or for the dismissal of a lawsuit he was part of. This made Spencer Perceval the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated (although others, like MargaretThatcher, have had attempts on their lives).

His final words were, [[CaptainObvious "I am murdered."]] There is a possibly apocryphal story that when news of his assassination broke, crowds of people marched through the streets of several British cities crying, "Perceval is dead. Perceval is dead. [[spoiler:[[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Hurrah hurrah hurrah!]]]]" They changed their tune when he was succeeded by LordLiverpool.

His eldest son (also called Spencer) also entered politics but never got much higher than an MP, although he was one of the last Tellers of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
!SpencerPerceval in fiction:
* British band [=iLiKETRAiNS=] wrote a pair of songs about the assassination in 2007, ''Spencer Perceval'', written from the point of view of John Bellingham and ''I Am Murdered'', written from Perceval's viewpoint.
* One of the novels in the ''[[PrideAndPrejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman]]'' series of {{Perspective Flip}}s on ''PrideAndPrejudice'' features the assassination of Spencer Percival as a plot-point.
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[[caption-width-right:85:The UK's least popular PM.]]Spencer Perceval was a Tory prime minister of less than stellar quality. Almost everything he tried to do led to unpopular consequences. His response to Napoleon's embargo on British trade led to the first of many splits in his cabinet. His legislation to improve British industry led to the Luddite movement. Even Perceval's assuming the leadership of the Tory party had downsides: All the major political figures of the age had supported his main rival and refused to join his cabinet. Toward the end of his three years as prime minister, he had to be his own chancellor, as six people had turned him down.

And then on the way to an inquiry he had been forced to have into the legislation that had led to the Luddites, he got shot by John Bellingham, a man of questionable sanity who either blamed Perceval's economic policies for the collapse of his business or for the dismissal of a lawsuit he was part of. This made Spencer Perceval the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated (although others, like MargaretThatcher, have had attempts on their lives).

His final words were, [[CaptainObvious "I am murdered."]] There is a possibly apocryphal story that when news of his assassination broke, crowds of people marched through the streets of several British cities crying, "Perceval is dead. Perceval is dead. [[spoiler:[[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Hurrah hurrah hurrah!]]]]" They changed their tune when he was succeeded by LordLiverpool.

His eldest son (also called Spencer) also entered politics but never got much higher than an MP, although he was one of the last Tellers of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
!SpencerPerceval in fiction:
* British band [=iLiKETRAiNS=] wrote a pair of songs about the assassination in 2007, ''Spencer Perceval'', written from the point of view of John Bellingham and ''I Am Murdered'', written from Perceval's viewpoint.
* One of the novels in the ''[[PrideAndPrejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman]]'' series of {{Perspective Flip}}s on ''PrideAndPrejudice'' features the assassination of Spencer Percival as a plot-point.
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3rd Feb '13 12:56:01 AM Gemmabeta
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And then on the way to an inquiry he had been forced to have into the legislation that had led to the Luddites, he got shot by John Bellingham, a man who blamed Perceval's economic policies for the collapse of his business. This made Spencer Perceval the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated (although others, like MargaretThatcher, have had attempts on their lives).

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And then on the way to an inquiry he had been forced to have into the legislation that had led to the Luddites, he got shot by John Bellingham, a man of questionable sanity who either blamed Perceval's economic policies for the collapse of his business.business or for the dismissal of a lawsuit he was part of. This made Spencer Perceval the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated (although others, like MargaretThatcher, have had attempts on their lives).
5th Dec '12 12:08:07 PM SeptimusHeap
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His final words were, [[CaptainObvious "I am murdered."]] There is a possibly apocryphal story that when news of his assassination broke, crowds of people marched through the streets of several British cities crying, "Perceval is dead. Perceval is dead. [[spoiler:[[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Hurrah hurrah hurrah!]]]]" They changed their tune [[ItGotWorse when he was succeeded by]] LordLiverpool.

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His final words were, [[CaptainObvious "I am murdered."]] There is a possibly apocryphal story that when news of his assassination broke, crowds of people marched through the streets of several British cities crying, "Perceval is dead. Perceval is dead. [[spoiler:[[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Hurrah hurrah hurrah!]]]]" They changed their tune [[ItGotWorse when he was succeeded by]] by LordLiverpool.
30th Jun '11 4:16:29 PM karstovich2
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[[caption-width-right:85:The UK's least popular PM.]]Spencer Perceval was a Tory prime minister of less than stellar quality. Almost everything he tried to do led to unpopular consequences. His response to Napoleon's embargo on British trade led to the first of many splits in his cabinet. His legislation to improve British industry lead to the Luddite movement. Even Perceval's assuming the leadership of the Tory party had downsides: All the major political figures of the age had supported his main rival and refused to join his cabinet. Toward the end of his three years as prime minister, he had to be his own chancellor, as six people had turned him down.

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[[caption-width-right:85:The UK's least popular PM.]]Spencer Perceval was a Tory prime minister of less than stellar quality. Almost everything he tried to do led to unpopular consequences. His response to Napoleon's embargo on British trade led to the first of many splits in his cabinet. His legislation to improve British industry lead led to the Luddite movement. Even Perceval's assuming the leadership of the Tory party had downsides: All the major political figures of the age had supported his main rival and refused to join his cabinet. Toward the end of his three years as prime minister, he had to be his own chancellor, as six people had turned him down.
21st May '11 11:53:16 PM DoctorNemesis
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* One of the novels in the ''[[PrideAndPrejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman]]'' series of {{Perspective Flip}}s on ''PrideAndPrejudice'' features the assassination of Spencer Percival as a plot-point.
1st May '11 9:29:27 PM Bcdeidarauno1
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His final words were, [[CaptainObvious "I am murdered."]] There is a possibly apocryphal story that when news of his assassination broke, crowds of people marched through the streets of several British cities crying, "Perceval is dead. Perceval is dead. [[spoiler:Hurrah hurrah hurrah!]]" They changed their tune [[ItGotWorse when he was succeeded by]] LordLiverpool.

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His final words were, [[CaptainObvious "I am murdered."]] There is a possibly apocryphal story that when news of his assassination broke, crowds of people marched through the streets of several British cities crying, "Perceval is dead. Perceval is dead. [[spoiler:Hurrah [[spoiler:[[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Hurrah hurrah hurrah!]]" hurrah!]]]]" They changed their tune [[ItGotWorse when he was succeeded by]] LordLiverpool.
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