Freer Trade Under Wellington
In the history of economic policy, the Duke of Wellington is most often remembered as the wrecker by amendment of the Huskisson-Canning reform of Corn Law legislation in 1827, and as the leader of a government which sponsored an alternative bill, less agreeable to the liberally disposed, in 1828 (see Chapter 5). ‘As a champion of the agricultural interest’, writes a sympathetic biographer, ‘he [Wellington] held that the change should be just enough to give minimal satisfaction to the urban masses, and no more. At this date neither Wellington nor many other Tory landlords believed that Corn Law reform could benefit the country as a whole’. Elizabeth Longford continues: ‘It is almost superfluous to add that he was out of step with the famous “March of Intellect”, “March of Mind” or “Spirit of the Age” whose tireless tramp through the press and public meeting-places had begun the movement for “liberality” and swept along even Tories in its train’.1
KeywordsPolitical Economy Free Trade Bargaining Power Wage Contract Urban Masse
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- 1.Elizabeth Longford, Wellington, Pillar of State(London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972) 140, 149.Google Scholar