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According to that theory , the two Houses are two branches of the Legislature ,
perfectly equal and perfectly distinct . But before the Act of 1832 they were not so
distinct ; there was a very large and a very strong common element . By their ...
... that the Government has already done something , and that it is for the one part
of the Legislature alone — for the House of Commons , and not for the House of
Lords — to say whether they have or have not forfeited their place by the treaty ...
They would then receive that which is best for all arrangements of business , an
understanding and sympathising criticism but still a criticism . The majority of the
Legislature being well disposed to the Government , would not “ find ” against it ...
Mr . Johnson described the most popular branch of the legislature — the House
of Representatives — as a body “ hanging on the verge of government ; ” and that
House impeached him criminally , in the hope that in that way they might get rid ...
The executive is crippled by not getting the laws it needs , and the legislature is
spoiled by having to act without responsibility : the executive becomes unfit for its
name , since it cannot execute what it decides on ; the legislature is demoralised
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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