Remarks on the Opposition to the Poor Law Amendment Bill Volume 1

Remarks on the Opposition to the Poor Law Amendment Bill Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ... cannot be effected, they wish at least to get rid of the Assistant Commissioners, without whose aid they well know that the Central Board would be ineflicient. If that fail, they try to diminish their number, so as to prevent their presence at any one board more than once or twice a-year. If, however, that cannot be done to any considerable extent, they propose that their own powers be increased; that " they may be allowed to order relief at their own discretion in such manner as they may think proper," which would of course be absolute power--or, in any case of emergency, and to be themselves judges of the emergency--which would also be absolute power--or in inclement weather, or in a high price of food, or prevalent sickness, or during the existence of any other cause of distress, they themselves being the judges--which again would be absolute power. They have not, . knowledge or experience enough to perceive that popular bodies become always profuse and generally corrupt; that their affairs always fall into the management of an interested and therefore an active minority; and that such_is the plausibility of Poor Law mal-administration at its beginning, and its fertility of corrupt gain during its progress, that nothing but the vigilant inspection and powerful control of a superior authority could prevent its introduction or check its indefinite increase. II. In the pauperized districts the principal opposition is really, though not always avowedly, directed against the whole Act. Its benefits have been diffused over the whole population; but the loss which it has occasioned has.been concentrated on the individuals who profited by the old abuses. And we well know that, under such circumstances, it is the minority that more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829549
  • 9781236829542