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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In the meantime our statesmen have the greatest opportunities they have had for
many years , and likewise the greatest duty . They have to guide the new voters
in the exercise of the franchise ; to guide them quietly , and without saying what ...
... if they raise questions on which the interest of those orders is not identical with
, or is antagonistic to , the whole interest of the state , they will have done the
greatest harm they can do . The future of this country depends on the happy
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 bid for
the support of the working - man ; that both of them will promise to do as he likes
if he ...
rance over instruction and of numbers over knowledge . So long as they are not
taught to act together , there is a chance of this being averted , and it can only be
averted by the greatest wisdom and the greatest foresight in the higher classes .
Now , beforehand , no one would have ventured to suggest that a committee of
Parliament on Foreign relations should be able to commit the country to the
greatest international obligations without consulting either Parliament or the
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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