Cheap Bread! No Sliding Scale.The Sliding Scale! The Sliding Scale! Sir Robert's favourite plan...
Letterpress broadside. Sheet 330 x 205mm. Small tear in edge, old folds.
A political broadside against the Corn Laws. Introduced in 1815, the Corn Laws were designed to keep out cheap foreign corn to protect the domestic producers: imports were only allowed if the domestic price rose above £4 per quarter. Unfortunately this meant that the price of bread was artificially high. In 1828 a sliding scale was introduced but opposition continued: the Anti-Corn Law Association was set up in London in 1836, campaigning for their repeal, funding the founding of the 'Economist' newspaper to promote free trade. Sir Robert Peel faced the campaign in his two ministries, 1834-5 & 1841-6; he finally repealed the Corn Laws in 1846 in the aftermath of the Irish Potato Famine.
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