Our government predicted in 1730

Published on: 13:30PM Nov 30, 2010

 "… you have made a most admirable panegyric on your country; you have clearly proved, that ignorance, idleness, and vice, are the proper ingredients for qualifying a legislator, that laws are best explained, interpreted, and applied,  by those whose interest and abilities lie in perverting, confounding and eluding them."

 

The above said by the King of Brobdingnag to Gulliver after Gulliver spent several days describing Merry Olde England, the 1730 version

Gulliver’s Travels (in Brobdingnag, Ch VI)