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Two good things to read elsewhere

Outside Story on how there used to be a party which was genuinely in favour of small government:

In this connexion the thing to be remarked is that the Whigs proceeded by the negative method of repealing existing laws, not by the positive method of making new ones. They combed the Statute-book, and when they found a statute which bore against "the liberty of the subject" they simply repealed it and left the page blank. This purgation ran up into the thousands. In 1873 the secretary of the Law Society estimated that out of the 18,110 Acts which had been passed since the reign of Henry III, four-fifths had been wholly or partially repealed.

and Jock Coats on the hapless Matthew Taylor.

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    This evening I am doing a recorded conversation with Bishop Hill, and by way of preparation, have been rootling around in his archives. And I just came across this, which the Bishop posted on November 19th 2006: In this connexion the thing to be remarked is that the Whigs proceeded by ...

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