This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ... I never maintained that the Tory party was connected by the bond of restrictive laws. All the reproaches which are showered on the head of the right honourable baronet and his recent converts around me, at least fall harmless. I have always asserted that the Tory party was really the democratic party. I have always asserted that the principles of free trade were exclusively Tory principles. When the prime minister reformed the tariff in 1842, I showed that he was acting in perfect harmony with the principles of Mr. Pitt, and of all sound Tory policy. I said in 1843 that I would reserve to myself, with regard to the details of the Corn Laws, the most unbounded licence. I argued that these laws were not to be defended as part of a system of protection; I declared that they were an exception to the general principle of free trade; and, only in the last session, I affirmed that Protection was not a principle, but an expedient. Now, what is the meaning of political expediency, but that it must be governed by circumstances? The maintenance of the Corn Laws was, therefore, with me, a mere question of circumstances. The circumstances in which I affirmed that these laws were an exception to the general principle of free trade, no longer exist. The potato crop is believed to be a total failure; we know not how soon a famine may occur; the most dreadful rebellions are those of the stomach. Under these circumstances, I should be unworthy the name of a statesman, I should be tampering with my duty as a responsible legislator, if I were to sacrifice the means of government to the end, by hesitating to give my vote for the repeal of these laws, which create nothing but discontent; which put nothing into the pockets of the agriculturists; and which are...
  • ISBN13: 9781230374314
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00136
Publication DateSeptember 12, 2013
Primary CategoryBiography & Autobiography/Historical - General
Sub Category 1Biography & Autobiography/Political

The Right Honourable Benjamin Disraeli, M. P; A Literary and Political Biography. Addressed to the New Generation

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