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The great-great-grandad of British self-sufficiency.
on 24 December 2012
John Seymour's often called 'the father of British self-sufficiency' suppose that makes Cobbett the great-great-grandad.
Remarkable just how relevant his words of wisdom are today nearly 200 years later.
Although what would he think of Britain 2012!
Tea fans be warned though....he really had it in for the humble brew.
'I view the tea drinking as a destroyer of health, an enfeebler of the frame, and engenderer of effeminacy and laziness, a debaucher of youth, and a maker of misery for old age.'
'The tea drinking fills the public-houses, makes the frequenting of it habitual, corrupts boys as soon they are able to move from home, and does little less for the girls, to whom the gossip of the tea-table is no bad preparatory school for the brothel.'
Mind you he also apparently said,
"A wife, a steak, and a walnut tree The more you beat 'em, better they be."