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“England had been engaged in prolonged wars, and in consequence her commerce was stagnant, the national treasury was exhausted, and there were large numbers of vagrants in the country. The people were exorbitantly taxed, and as there was but little demand for labour, wages were low, and food was dear… the consequent distress and suffering created bitter discontent, and this issued in frequent riots”. [The Rev. F. De P. Castells, of Christ Church, Bexleyheath, writing in 1910 about the early 19th century]. Sound familiar?

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