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A statesman who should show that gaucherie would exhibit a defect of
imagination, and expose an incapacity for dealing with men, which would be a
great hindrance to him in his calling. But much argument is not required to guide
the public, ...
But, nevertheless, there are two defects in it. The first is that it may not be a
remedy at all ; it may be only a punishment. A Minister may risk his dismissal ; he
may do some act difficult to undo, and then all which may be left will be to remove
On the contrary, if those two Chambers were as they ought to be, I should believe
it to be a great defect. If the Administration had in both Houses a majority — not a
mechanical majority ready to accept anything, but a fair and reasonable one, ...
In abstract theory these defects in our present practice would seem exceedingly
great, but in practice they are not so. English statesmen and English part ies have
really a great patriotism, they can rarely be persuaded even by their passions or ...
In this point the contrast of Presidential with Parliamentary Government is mixed ;
one of the defects of Parliamentary Government probably is the difficulty under it
of maintaining a surplus revenue to discharge debt, and this defect Presidential ...
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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