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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 Eadical 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 ...
... 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 which will excite
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 strongly enough to do so much, in all likelihood it will blow strongly
A few of such peers (for they are very few) might say, " We had rather not have
our peerage if we are to buy it at the price of yielding." But a life peer who had
fought his way up to the peers, would never think so. Young men who are born to
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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