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Considering the power and position of the titled aristocracy, you will perhaps be
astonished at the small degree in which it contributes to the active part of our
governing Assembly. The spirit of our present House of Commons is plutocratic,
The English people would think it grossly anomalous if their elected assembly of
rich men were thwarted by a nominated assembly of talkers and writers. Sensible
men of substantial means are what we wish to be ruled by, and a peerage of ...
Treaties are quite as important as most laws, and to require the elaborate assent
of representative assemblies to every word of the law, and not to consult them
even as to the essence of the treaty, is prima facie ludicrous. In the older forms of
A Parliamentary Minister is a man trained by elaborate practice not to blurt out
crude things, and an English Parliament is an assembly which particularly
dislikes anything gauche or anything imprudent. They would still more dislike it if
it hurt ...
And they would be obliged to make it plain if they had to defend it and argue on it
before a great assembly. Secondly, it may be objected to the change suggested
that Parliament is not always sitting, and that if treaties required its assent, ...
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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