In What Ways Were The Corn Law Important In Creating Popular Discontent In The Years 1815 To 1820?

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In What Ways Were the Corn Law Important in Creating Popular Discontent in the Years 1815 to 1820? 1815 was a very difficult time for the Tories and the party leader Robert Banks Jenkinson, Lord Liverpool. After a series of threats of a possible revolution, the radical threat pushed onwards and now it was up to Lord Liverpool to make changes and stop any chance of the radical threat. Lord Liverpool understood and was aware that a rising was forming however he also had a problem that he found himself a prisoner to his own parties’ beliefs and outlook. Tory party supporters were aristocrats who felt Lord Liverpool the Prime Minister had a duty to protect them, their interests and to save them from the radical threat. In 1815 Lord Liverpool introduced a law called ‘The Corn Law’ however it is hard to justify in the first place why Lord Liverpool introduced this law as he was a strong believer in laissez-faire – minimum government intervention in economic matters. Nevertheless he still introduced this law. The basic outline of The Corn Law was that it guaranteed protection for wheat prices for the agricultural or landowning interest from foreign imports of grain. To the government the whole reason of the law was to guarantee land owners profits of which they had became accustomed to during the war. However opponents of the regime both inside and outside of the regime only saw the law as a class piece of legislation in which the law saved landowners from three things: cheaper foreign grain, stabilised prices and making corn more expensive for the consumer. This concept and idea was not new, a similar law 1804 had been introduced to guarantee 80 shillings a quarter. In spite of this the government had problems to face including riots, petitions and demonstrations. The main protest for this law, was the Luddism riots and machine breaking. The Corn Law itself however
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