He fought strongly for reform of Victorian divorce laws which he saw, correctly, as favouring men and forcing people to stay in marriages that simply were never going to work. However, at the same time, he disapproved of the idea of women having the vote. His reason for this being not that women lacked the political know-how but that he feared that permitting women to vote would lead to marital disharmony with husband and wife arguing over who to vote for. In his view a wife would effectively vote through her husband by influencing how he voted.
His book A Duet provided a great insight into how he viewed a successful relationship working
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