"The famously brazen Lord Palmerston"

Lord Palmerston (1784-1865) was a British politician who twice became Prime Minister, once from 1855 to 1858 and then again from 1859 to 1865. He caused a political crisis over his support of Louis Napoleon and Lajos Kossuth (see bookmark to page 78, "Lajos Kossuth, the rightful regent-president of Hungary"). Palmerston was also 'brazen' in his position on other international issues, from Belgium to Afghanistan.

He was a Liberal who supported the idea of interventionism, that is influencing events in other countries in order to bring about a desired change. This led him to make controversial decisions, the legacies of which are still being debated today. He was the last Prime Minister of Britain to die in office: he succumbed to a fever, aged 80.