Source: p 64, RIGHTS OF MAN: Being An Answer To Mr. Burke’s Attack On The FRENCH REVOLUTION, by Thomas Paine, 1791.
Paine's "Answer" above immediately follows:
p 64, The Revolution in France, by Edmund Burke, second edition (1790)
It will always happen, when a thing is originally wrong, that amendments do not make it right, and it often happens that they do as much mischief one way as good the other : and such is the case here ; for if the one rashly declares war as a matter of right, and the other peremptorily with-holds the supplies as a matter of right, the remedy becomes as bad or worse than the disease. The one forces the nation to a combat, and the other ties its hands : But the more probable issue is, that the contrast will end in a collusion between the parties, and be made a screen to both. (Kindly transcribed by Sven Yargs)
screen (noun) = 1.1. A thing providing concealment or protection
Am I right that Definition 1.1 applies here? What does the last sentence mean?
Does Paine mean that the collusion will conceal both parties? But (from?) what?