I have often wondered about that battle cry of the American colonists, it made little sense and little difference to Britain if such demands were met by the government.
Yet, according to some, the government and monarchy of the day were afraid such an action of representative parity would lead to democracy. They still had not gotten over the Civil War which ended in the beheading of the king. Ergo the old ruling elite in desperation to protect their own perceived archaic rights blocked every move by the colonists and taking the short sighted view (Which they always did.) the landed gentry got their way and lost a truly valuable prize.
In case you wanted to know The Colonists paid 1 shilling per year in taxes where as the Brits in Brit-World paid 26 shillings per year. One could, therefore, argue that the simple minded inbred morons of the landed gentry should have yielded to the demands then turned around and argued for tax parity with the colonists.