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The name was appropriated by the opponents to Walpole since it implied that the interests of the nation were neglected by a supine and corrupt government. William Pitt, in particular, beat the patriotic drum when he inveighed against Britain's subservience to Hanover, a ‘despicable electorate’. Ministers, in reply, were scornful of patriotic rhetoric: ‘it is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or insolent demand,’ declared Walpole, ‘and up starts a patriot.’

Subjects: European History.


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