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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... representatives an obedience to those opinions ; that they were in fact guided
in their judgment by the better educated classes ; that they preferred
representatives from those classes , and gave X INTRODUCTION TO THE
SECOND EDITION .
They were not influenced by ideas , but by facts ; not by things palpable , but by
things impalpable . Not to put too fine a point upon it , they were influenced by
rank and wealth . No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were ...
Oh , ” he answered , “ when I do not know what to say , I say Gladstone , and then
they are sure to cheer , and I have time to think . ” In fact , that popularity acted as
a guide both to constituencies and to members . The candidates only said they ...
But I answer that the lesson is not observed in fact ; people do not do their
political sums so . Of all our political dangers , the greatest I conceive is that they
will reglect the lesson . In plain English , what I fear is - thàt both our political
parties will ...
It would teach the House of Lords that it might shut its eyes to all the facts of real
life , and decide simply by an abstract formula . ... Whether a Bill has come up
once only , or whether it has come up several times , is one important fact in
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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