‘The Politics of Protest’ considers the nature of politics of the mid-eighteenth century. Superficially, there were few changes to the character of politics, but there was a growing awareness of a political nation outside London. Pitt the Elder, although receiving undue credit for his role in the Seven Years' War, did manage to transform political life by ending the old politics that had kept the Tories out of office. George III's reign saw their return, as well as a widely approved peace. Political enmities led to ministerial instability in the 1760s and the Wilkesite radicals constituted popular opposition to the Court, with collaboration from respectable elements of the ruling class.