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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In consequence , at his death a new generation all at once started into life : the
pre - 32 all at once died out . Most of the new politicians were men who might
well have been Lord Palmerston's grandchildren . He came into Parliament in
New questions would have appeared at once . A political country is like an
American forest : you have only to cut down the old trees , and immediately new
trees come up to replace them ; the seeds were waiting in the ground , and they
I am afraid I must put aside at once the idea that it will be altered entirely and
altered for the better . I cannot expect that the new class of voters will be at all
more able to form sound opinions on complex questions than the old voters .
There was ...
There are some people who lay down a sort of mechanical test : they say the
House of Lords should be at liberty to reject a measure passed by ! in this way .
the Commons once or more INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . XXV.
in this way . the Commons once or more , and then if the Commons send it up
again and again , infer that the nation is determined . But no important practical
question in real life can be uniformly settled by a fixed and formal rule This rule ...
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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