The Most Corrupt Prime Minister.

Robert Walpole (Jean-Baptiste van Loo, National Portrait Gallery, public domain)

Politics in the United Kingdom has recently been awash with allegations of scandal, corruption and malfeasance. It is, unfortunately, nothing new.

When Robert Walpole resigned on February 1st 1742 he left in his wake a lengthy trail of political successes, ruthless dealings and reverberating allegations of corruption. Commonly referred to, albeit arguably, as the first Prime Minister, he had been a…



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