What were some negatives to Virginia's colonial government?
Virginia's government was typical of most in the colonies in that it was controlled by royal governor and an assembly that was elected from a relatively small colonial elite. So from a modern perspective or indeed compared to the New England colonies, it was unrepresentative of the population of Virginia as a whole. It was controlled by a small group of large landholders mostly centered in the colony's Tidewater region. This led to considerable cronyism and corruption in Virginia's government, as when Speaker of the House John Robinson loaned more than 100,000 pounds in Virginia currency to friends and political allies who were struggling financially in the 1750s and 1760s. The problem, it was discovered after Robinson's death, was that this money came from the Virginia treasury. Virginia's colonial government, like most others, was also skewed toward the eastern seaboard. Counties further west, though growing dramatically in population, were far less represented in the Assembly than the Tidewater and the Northern Neck. So while Virginians enjoyed a freer government than people in, say, France, their government was, like many others in the colonies, generally unrepresentative of most Virginians and based on the type of personal politics that often led to corruption.