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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We used to frame elaborate schemes to give them such means . But the Reform
Act of 1867 did not stop at skilled labour ; it enfranchised unskilled labour too .
And no one will contend that the ordinary working - man who has no special skill
... comfortable — that it is the present law which makes them uncomfortable —
that Government has at its disposal an inexhaustible fund out of which it can give
to those who now want without also creating elsewhere other and greater wants .
And they are right in detesting it ; if a man cannot give guidance and
communicate instruction formally without telling his audience “ I am better than a
2 you ; I have studied this as you have not INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
EDITION . xix.
What is mostly needed is the manly utterance of clear conclusions ; if a statesman
gives these in a felicitous way ( and if with a few light and humorous illustrations
so much the better ) , he has done his part . He will have given the text , the ...
promise to do as he likes if he will only tell them what it is ; that , as he now holds
the casting vote in our affairs , both parties will beg and pray him to give that vote
to them . I can conceive of nothing more corrupting or worse for a set of poor ...
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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