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How could the Walpolean oligarchy be at once exclusive and stable The force and longevity of the Whig dominance of politics in Britain at this time culminating in Walpoles record term of office created the most clearly defined period of oligarchical rule in British history The Whig oligarchy created a powerful and potentially dangerous division in the country as the Tories were kept from office year after year With such exclusion there was real danger of resultant instability as the excluded party sought extra-parliamentary routes to power The spectre of Jacobitism haunted the political nation throughout the period Furthermore the length of the Whig dominance meant that the exclusion of Tories extended beyond the centre of power to social institutions as well Economically powerful Tory landowners were embittered by the Whig dominance of local and central duties which their rank and acreage would normally have commanded This disgruntlement caused by their exclusion from many aspects of political social and even economic life led to virulent parliamentary criticism even flirtation with extra-parliamentary dissidence With this situation it is easy to imagine that the political climate was not at all tranquil However as Langford points out stability can often be mistaken for tranquillity The turbulent and embittered opposition of the Tories to oligarchy translated into a lack of political tranquillity yet in the period there were no major uprisings nor was parliamentary government ever threatened Indeed the fear of Jacobitism was more advantageous to the Whigs as a reason for the exclusion of the Tories than it was ever for the Tories themselves It is important to heed Langfords distinction between tranquillity and stability for though this particular period is epitomised by a bitter political atmosphere the stability under Walpole was if not total great enough to ensure the survival of the system The major constitutional achievement of Britain in the eighteenth century in the creation of a stable political system is
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