Roads to Ruin

Roads to Ruin

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'It is a salutary thing to look back at some of the reforms which have long been an accepted part of our life, and to examine the opposition, usually bitter and often bizarre, sometimes dishonest but all too often honest, which had to be countered by the restless advocates of 'grandmotherly' legislation...' Contemporary readers of a progressive bent may like to think it elementary that certain inhumane practices in which Britons indulged pre-1800 came to be abolished. But as E.S. Turner reveals, our history is littered with Colonel Blimp figures, of a mind that 'reforms are all right as long as they don't change anything.' 'Roads to Ruin still entertains and appals. It chronicles the disgraceful rearguard action of the upper classes against the introduction of the Plimsoll line, the abolition of child chimney sweeps and the repeal of laws under which convicted criminals could be hung, drawn and quartered...' Jonathan Sale, Guardianinjustices of the property law had been removed, the feminists had to fall back on theoretical arguments about the status of women. ... very articulate literary ladies of Victoriantimes, the campaignon behalf of theMarried Womena#39;s Property Bill might have been even more protracted. ... husband, living withanother woman, successfully applied to thetheatremanager forhis wifea#39;s salarytobepaiddirect to him.


Title:Roads to Ruin
Author: E. S. Turner
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2012-03-13
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