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On the other hand, his ‘radicalism’ is commonly derided as being accidental, opportunistic or the product of his more right-minded fellow travellers. Given the difficulty of pinning down Wilkes’s politics, it is temping to suggest an alternative interpretation: that in 1768–69 Wilkes was primarily an electoral independent, and that electoral independence partly constituted his radical critique of the political system. Wilkes had not always been an independent. His first (failed) attempt to get into parliament was with the support of a powerful patron, and when he did eventually get returned for Aylesbury in 1757 he had to employ the other traditional method of paying voters handsomely for the privilege: as he noted to his friend John Dell, ‘I will give two guineas per man, with the promise of whatever more offers.

In 1820 they published a ‘brief Narrative of the Progress of PARLIAMENTARY REFORM’ that placed the cause of free election in the capital at the heart of the history of British reformism. 1807 was commemorated as the year ‘when Westminster first emancipated itself’, and its mutual influence upon electoral campaigns in Southwark and Middlesex was underlined. 63 Conclusion It is therefore clear that much of what we conventionally regard as ‘radicalism’ owed much to the traditional culture of electoral independence.

The reform of provincial police departments throughout Britain followed much the same pattern. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the example of the Metropolitan Police expanded beyond the British Isles to its colonies and to other industrializing nations. The example of London’s Metropolitan Police came to influence the development of large urban police departments in such diverse cities as Toronto, Cape Town, Bombay, Sydney, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo.

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