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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... and those associated with them are to take their stand for the political
campaign . It is by that programme , by a comparison of the programmes of
different statesmen , that the world forms its judgment . The common ordinary
mind is quite unfit ...
In excited states of the public mind they have scarcely a discretion at all ; the
tendency of the public perturbation determines what shall and what shall not be
dealt with . But , upon the other hand , in quiet times statesmen have great power
I answer that the House of Lords must yield whenever the opinion of the
Commons is also the opinion of the nation , and when it is clear that the nation
has made up its mind . Whether or not the nation has made up its mind is a
question to be ...
... our minds with its cusps and conjugate points . Nor , on the other hand , can I
sympathise with the objection to life peerages which some of the Radical party
take and feel . They think it will strengthen the Lords , and so make them better
Despotic nations now cannot understand England ; it is to them an anomaly “
chartered by Providence ; " they have been time out of mind puzzled by its
institutions , vexed at its statesmen , and angry at its newspapers . A little more of
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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