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My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.

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William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, usually referred to as Lord Melbourne, PC, FRS was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary and Prime Minister.

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