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William Cobbett
(English Politician)


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William Cobbett was a political pamphleter, farmer and prolific journalist. He was born at Farnham, Surrey. He thought that the reform of Parliament and the abolition of the rotten boroughs would help cure the poverty of the farm labourers. Cobbett constantly attacked the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters". He opposed the Corn Laws, a tax on imported grain. Through the many apparent inconsistencies in Cobbett's life, one strand continued to run: an ingrained opposition to authority and a suspicion of novelty. Early in his career, he was a "loyalist" supporter of King and Country; later, he joined the radical movement which led to the Reform Bill of 1832 and him winning the parliamentary seat of Oldham. He is best known today for his book Rural Rides .

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