Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form of a Catechism. [Followed By] a Sketch [By G.W. Meadley] of the Various Proposals for a

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 208 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817. Excerpt: ... seen under what a yoke he has been working), seems to be least remote from Radicalism. In respect of temper, is there a reader to whom the cause of the difference observable between the Plan itself and the Introduction to it is an object of any the least curiosity r I will answer him without disguise. For any eyes that could find patience to look at it was the Plan itself designed. A few exceptions excepted--(and those alas! how few!)--for swiuish eyes alone this melancholy Introduction, --not for Honourable ones. Against interest--against a host of confederated interests--what can argument do.'--Exactly as much as against a line of musketry. A last word on the new oppression to which we are now doomed, viz. the suppression of petitions.--the closing up of that channel, through which, under the protection of the Bill of Rights, from that time down to that of the present Session, we possessed, all over the kingdom, the means of knowing one another's thoughts on the subject of our common interests. Framed by that masterly hand, which is so consummately adequate to every work it undertakes--(ah! would the times were such, as allow it to undertake none but good ones!)--framed by this exquisite hand, I see just come out a set of arrangements, admirable as they are new, for giving the most efficient and timely, the most in every way comtriodious, publicity to the proceedings of the House. The first specimen has just reached my hand: --but, from amidst these flowers, --a snake, how can I help seeing it? lifts up its head and threatens me: --' Any petitions, or other proceedngs, which "may occasionally be printed by special order, might follow as a Supple"ment or Appendix to the Votes, not impeding their daily deli-. "very, and be printed and circulated afterwards wit...

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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was the founder of the doctrine of utilitarianism, outlined in "An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation" (1789). His work on the Panopticon began in 1785. His concern with legal reform and codification continued throughout his life, and he was a campaigner for universal suffrage, the secret ballot and the abolition of capital and corporal punishment.

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