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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I do not of course mean that the ten - pound householders were great admirers of
intellect or good judges of refinement . We all know that , for the most part , they
were not so at all : very few Englishmen are . They were not influenced by ideas ...
He paid the rates , the tea , sugar , tobacco , malt , and spirit taxes , as well as the
income tax , but his means were exceedingly small . Curiously enough the class
which in theory was omnipotent , was the only class financially ill - treated .
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
I do not of course mean that statesmen can choose with absolute freedom what
topics they will deal with , and what they will not . I am , of course , aware that they
choose under stringent conditions . In excited states of the public mind they have
... that a permanent combination of them would make them ( now that so many of
them have the suffrage ) supreme in the country ; and that their supremacy , in the
state they now are , means the supremacy of ignorance over instruction and of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Politics have not changed much since the 19th century. The main difference is that now elites hide their fear and contempt of the lower class. My insecurities aside, insightful essays that remain relevant. Read full review
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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