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The people enfranchised under it do not yet know their own power: a single
election, so far from teaching us how they will use that power, has not been even
enough to explain to them that they have such power. The Eefbrm Act of 1832 did
Nor does the experience of the last election much help us. The circumstances
were too exceptional. In the first place, Mr. Gladstone's personal popularity was
such as has not been seen since the time of Mr. Pitt, and such as may never be
At the last election the trial of the new system hardly began, and, as far as it did
begin, it was favoured by a peculiar guidance. In the meantime our statesmen
have the greatest opportunities- tliey have had for many years, and likewise the ...
As a theoretical writer I can venture to say, what no elected member of Parliament
, Conservative or Liberal, can venture to say, that I am exceedingly afraid of the
ignorant multitude of the new constituencies. I wish to have as great and as ...
At an election the non-titled are much more powerful than the titled. Certain
individual peers have, from their great possessions, great electioneering
influence, but, as a whole, the House of Peers is not a principal electioneering
force. It has so ...
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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