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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A small shopkeeper or a clerk who just , and only just , was rich enough to pay
income tax , was perhaps the only severely - taxed man in the country . He paid
the rates , the tea , sugar , tobacco , malt , and spirit taxes , as well as the income
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 ...
Considering the power and position of the titled aristocracy , you will perhaps be
astonished at the small degree in which it contributes to the active part of our
governing Assembly . The spirit of our present House of Commons is plutocratic ,
... all titled families received more ready observance from those who were their
equals , perhaps their superiors , in wealth , their equals in culture , and their
inferiors only in descent and rank . The possessors of the “ material ” distinctions
of life ...
Few nations , perhaps scarcely any nation , could have borne such a trial so
easily and so perfectly . This was the most striking instance of disunion between
the President and the Congress that has ever yet occurred , and which probably
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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