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The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, William Cobbett & Old Corruption

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2017 by kmflett

Someone has been amending street signs in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and while some of the amendments may be controversial its difficult to get away from the ‘Rotten Borough’ epithet.

Indeed there is a significant historical irony in it.

William Cobbett the early nineteenth century opponent of Old Corruption, placemen, sinecurists and a political establishment that was more interested in promoting itself than representing the people was based in Kensington.

He had a plant nursery there and many of his Rural Rides began or ended in the Royal Borough.

Cobbett was not an early Trotskyist but a radical Tory fed up with a system that served the few but not the many.

Street signs aside I suspect his spirit is abroad in Kensington again this week.

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