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What manchester says today, the rest of England says tomorrow

The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
John SimpsonJohn Simpson, Jennifer SpeakeJennifer Speake

What manchester says today, the rest of England says tomorrow 

The proverb occurs in a variety of forms. Quot. 1902 sets it in its historical context: the Corn Law, restricting the importation of foreign corn, was abolished in 1846, and Manchester (formerly part of Lancashire), considered the home of free trade, was in the forefront of the campaign against restrictive legislation.

1898 R. Kipling Day's Work 51 What the horses o' Kansas think to‐day, the horses of America will think to‐morrow; an' I tell you that when the horses of America rise in their might, the day o' the Oppressor is ended. 1902 V. S. Lean Collectanea I. 116 What Lancashire thinks to‐day all England will think to‐morrow. This was in the days of the Anti‐Corn‐Law League. Since then the initiative in political movements proceeds from Birmingham. 1944 C. Milburn Journal 24 Aug. in Diaries (1979) xiii. Manchester rang its bells yesterday—a day before St. Paul's‥thus justifying its words, so often used: ‘What Manchester says today, the rest of England says tomorrow!’ 1980 Listener 6 Mar. 300 What Manchester does today—‥is the old boast that ‘What Manchester does today London thinks tomorrow.’ ▪ imitation; opinions; public opinion

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