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Joseph Hume

Fortunately for England, all her imports are raw materials.

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Our people are unemployed and anxious to work for the food which foreigners can give us.

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So that a famine price is vague, and the plan subject to all the inconvenience now experienced.

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Land, in England, is valuable, because we have highly-paid artisans to consume the produce on the spot.

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Now, what produces a want of demand? A refusal to take from other countries the commodities which they produce.

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I see no reason for giving the capital employed in agriculture greater protection than the capital vested in other branches of trade, manufacture, or commerce.

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We ought, therefore, to lessen the price of food to our manufacturers, and place them more on a level with the manufacturers who have cheaper food, and also much lighter taxation.

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I maintain that the existing corn laws are bad, because they have given a monopoly of food to the landed interest over every other class and over every other interest in the kingdom.

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At the present moment the people of England are only three-quarters fed, and the result of this improvement in the export of our manufactures would be, that they would be entirely fed.

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In Great Britain the price of food is at a higher level than in any other country, and consequently, the British artisan labours at a disadvantage in proportion to the higher rate of his food.

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