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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The nation indeed generally looks to the discussions in Parliament to enlighten it
as to the effect of Bills . But in this case neither party , as a party , could speak out
. Many , perhaps most of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the ...
... and as they are apt to think they can create it , the great political trial now
beginning will simply fail . The wide gift of the elective franchise will be a great
calamity to the whole nation , and xviii INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
be a great calamity to the whole nation , and to those who gain it as great a
calamity as to any . 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
And so he will both guide and benefit the nation . But if , especially at a time when
great ignorance has an unusual power in public affairs , he chooses to accept
and reiterate the decisions of that ignorance , he is . only the hireling of the nation
The courage which strengthens an enemy , and which so loses , not only the
present battle , but many after battles , is a heavy curse to men and nations . In
one minor respect , indeed , I think we may see with distinctness the effect of 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