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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He must paint it as it stood at some one time , or else he will be putting side by
side in his representations things which never were contemporaneous in reality .
The difficulty is the greater because a writer who deals with a living government ...
Many Radical members who had been asking for years for household suffrage
were much more surprised than pleased at the near chance of obtaining it ; they
had asked for it as bargainers ask for the highest possible price , but they never ...
In the first place , Mr . Gladstone ' s personal popularity was such as has not been
seen since the time of Mr . Pitt , and such as may never be seen again . Certainly
it will very rarely be seen . A bad speaker is said to have been asked how he ...
... and are brought before it ; it almost never settles its topics ; it can only decide
upon the issues of those topics . And in settling what these questions shall be ,
statesmen have now especially a great responsibility . If they raise questions
To be effectual in that way , life peerages must be very numerous . Now the
House of Lords will never consent to a very numerous life peerage without a
storm ; they must be in terror to do it , or they will not do it . " And if the storm blows
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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