Scottish Independence – A Discourse on the Love of Our Country

When the representation [of a country] is fair and equal, and at the same time vested with such powers as our House of Commons possesses, a Kingdom may be said to govern itself, and consequently to possess true liberty […] but if not only extremely partial, but corruptly chosen, and under corrupt influence after being chosen, it becomes a nuisance, and produces the worst of all forms of government: a government by corruption, a government carried on and supported by spreading venality and profligacy through a Kingdom. May heaven preserve this Kingdom from a calamity so dreadful! It is the point of depravity to which abuses under such a government as ours naturally tend, and the last stage of national unhappiness.
– A Discourse on the Love of Our Country, Richard Price 1789

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