The English Constitution
A classic study of the British constitution, paying special attention to how Parliament and the monarchy work. The author frequently draws comparisons with the American Constitution, being generally critical of the American system of government.
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In Lord Palmerston ' s time Sir George Grey said that the disestablishment of the
Irish Church would be an “ act of Revolution : " it has now been disestablished by
great majorities , with Sir George Grey himself assenting . A new world has ...
Accordingly , during the whole reigns of George I . and George II . the sentiment
of religious loyalty altogether ceased to support the Crown . The prerogative of
the king had no strong party to support it ; the Tories , who naturally would
But it would be a great mistake to believe that at the accession of George III . the
instinctive sentiment of hereditary loyalty at once became as useful as now . It
began to be powerful , but it hardly began to be useful . There was so much harm
George III . had no social vices , but he had no social pleasures . He was a family
man , and a man of business , and sincerely preferred a leg of mutton and turnips
after a good day ' s work , to the best fashion and the most exciting talk .
The virtues of Queen Victoria and the virtues of George III . have sunk deep into
the popular heart . We have come to believe that it is natural to have a virtuous
sovereign , and that the domestic virtues are 52 THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION .
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review