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(9 March 1763 – 18 June 1835) was an English pamphleteer
, farmer, journalist and member of parliament
born in Farnham, Surrey
. He believed that reforming Parliament
, including abolishing "rotten borough
s", would ease the poverty of farm labourers. Relentlessly he sought an end to borough-mongers, sinecurists
and "tax-eaters" (meaning a wide class of overpaid or corrupt bureaucrats). He opposed the Corn Laws
, which imposed a tax on imported grain. Early in life he was a loyal devotee of King and Country, but he later pushed for radicalism, which helped the Reform Act 1832
and his election that year as one of two MPs
for the newly enfranchised borough of Oldham
. He strongly advocated of Catholic Emancipation
. His polemic
s cover subjects from political reform to religion. His best known book is ''Rural Rides
'' (1830, still in print).
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