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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If the Administration had in both Houses a majority - not a mechanical majority
ready to accept anything , but a fair and reasonable one , predisposed to think
the Government right , but not ready to find it to be so in the face of facts and in ...
The distinguishing quality of Parliamentary Government is , that in each stage of
a public transaction there is a discussion ; that the public assist at this discussion
; that it can , through Parliament , turn out an administration which is not doing as
The administration with all its power derived both from good and evil had to yield
; the income tax was abolished , with it went the surplus , and with the surplus all
chance of any considerable reduction of the debt for that time . In truth , taxation ...
... civilised age is , that administration requires the continued aid of legislation .
One principal and necessary kind of legislation is taxation . The expense of
civilised government is continually varying . It must vary if the government does
its duty .
Nor is the financial part of administration the only one which requires in a
civilised age the constant support and accompaniment of facilitating legislation .
All administration does so . In England , on a vital occasion , the cabinet can
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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