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We used to frame elaborate schemes to give them such means . But the Reform
Act of 1867 did not stop at skilled labour ; it enfranchised unskilled labour too .
And no one will contend that the ordinary working man who has no special skill ...
... can make them comfortable — that it is the present law which makes them
uncomfortable — that Government has at its disposal an inexhaustible fund out of
which it can give to those who now want without also creating elsewhere other
And they are right in detesting it ; if a man cannot give guidance and
communicate instruction formally without telling his audience “ I am better than
you ; I have studied this as you have INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND
EDITION . xxi.
What is mostly needed is the manly utterance of clear conclusions ; if a statesman
gives these in a felicitous way ( and if with a few light and humorous illustrations ,
so much the better ) , he has done his part . He will have given the text , the ...
CO Wor of them will promise to do as he likes if he will only tell them what it is ;
that , as he now holds the casting vote in our affairs , both parties will beg and
pray him to give that vote to them . I can conceive of nothing more corrupting or
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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