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He could be ruthless in sidelining or replacing generals who were not producing the needed results, but as one of his great predecessors as Prime Minister William Gladstone famously said about firing his ministers, the top job called for highly developed skills as a butcher.
Perhaps the strongest indication is that her husband's great political rival, the ponderous William Gladstone, who had no time for him as a man, wrote some years before "of his sincere esteem for Mary Anne, with whom he maintained a cordial relationship even in the midst of rancorous exchanges with Disraeli."