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Generally one generation in politics succeeds another almost silently ; at every
moment men of all ages between thirty and seventy have considerable influence
; each year removes many old men , makes all others older , brings in many new .
They were not influenced by ideas , but by facts ; not by things palpable , but by
things impalpable . Not to put too fine à point upon it , they were influenced by
rank and wealth . No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were ...
By their commanding influence in many boroughs and counties the Lords
nominated a considerable part of the Commons ; the majority of the other part
were the richer gentry - men in most respects like the Lords , and sympathising
with the ...
lost their influence within a year or two of 1867 . The complete consequences of
the Act of 1832 upon the House of Lords could not be seen while the Commons
were subject to such aristocratic guidance . Much of the change which might
Besides , it is in the nature of the curious influence of rank to work much more on
men singly than on men collectively ; it is an influence which most men — at least
most Englishmenfeel very much , but of which most Englishmen are somewhat ...
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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