The true interest of England

Self-seeking politicians are, as we all know, nothing new. Here is Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, writing to her granddaughter Diana, Duchess of Bedford in 1733:

What you say of the extremes in elections is a melancholy truth, but considering the vast power that ministers have by disposing of places, honours and money I can’t see how it is possible to keep them within just bounds, but by the help of some that have not thoroughly the principles that one wishes, and some of them may assist those that wish what is for the true interest of England, without being able to effect their own designs.

So, get into bed with people you don’t entirely agree with to achieve a consensus that’s for the good of the country. A lesson for today, perhaps?

Advertisements

One thought on “The true interest of England

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s