Friday, December 17, 2010
AS SEEN IN:
"Victoria & Albert"
AS PLAYED BY:
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, PC, FRS (15 March 1779 – 24 November 1848) was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary (1830–1834) and Prime Minister (1834 and 1835–1841), and was a mentor of Queen Victoria.
The city of Melbourne, Australia, was named in his honour in March 1837, as he was the Prime Minister at the time.
Another lasting memorial is his favourite, and most famous, dictum in politics: "Why not leave it alone?", quoted by those who object to change for change's sake.