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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Many , perhaps most of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the
consequences of the proposal ; but as it was made by the heads of their own
party , they did not like to oppose it , and the discipline of party carried them with it
. On the ...
I cannot look on life peerages in the way in which some of their strongest
advocates regard them ; I cannot think of them as a mode in which a permanent
opposition or a contrast between the Houses of Lords and Commons is to be
and so make them better able to oppose the Commons ; they think , if they do not
say , “ The House of Lords is our enemy and ... And it does not take a clever man
to see that systematic opposition of the Commons is the only thing which can ...
... think the Government right , but not ready to find it to be so in the face of facts
and in opposition to whatever might occur ; if a good Government were thus
placed , I should think it decidedly better that the agreements of the
Administration with ...
The leaders of an English Opposition are very conversant with the schoolboy
maxim , “ Two can play at that fun . ” They know that the next time they are in
office the same sort of sharp practice may be used against them , and therefore
they will ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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