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No other select committee has any comparable power ; and considering how
carefully we have fettered and limited the powers of all other subordinate
authorities , our allowing so much discretionary power on matters peculiarly
dangerous and ...
The House of Lords must deal with the assent to treaties as they do with the
assent to laws ; they must defer to the voice of the country and the authority of the
Commons even in cases where their own judgment might guide them otherwise .
No one can any longer doubt the possibility of a republic in which the Executive
and the Legislative authorities were united and fixed ; no one can assert such
union to be the incommunicable attribute of a Constitutional Monarchy .
Now that the suffrage is universal , the average intellect and the average culture
of the constituent bodies are excessively low ; and even such mind and culture as
there is has long been enslaved to authority ; the French peasant cares more ...
The functionaries who exercise authority under it might be more or less
competent or popular ; but his personal feelings towards them were commonly
lost in his attachment or aversion to the general system . If any energetic man
could by ...
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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