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I do not of course mean that the ten - pound householders were great admirers of
intellect or good judges of refinement . We all know that , for the most part , they
were not so at all : very few Englishmen are . They were not influenced by ideas ...
He paid the rates , the tea , sugar , tobacco , malt , and spirit taxes , as well as the
income tax , but his means were exceedingly small . Curiously enough the class
which in theory was omnipotent , was the only class financially ill - treated .
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 ...
In the mean time our statesmen have the greatest opportunities they have had for
many years , and likewise the greatest duty . They have to guide the new voters
in the exercise of the franchise ; to guide them quietly , and without saying what ...
I do not of course mean that statesmen can choose with absolute freedom what
topics they will deal with and what they will not . I am of course aware that they
choose under stringent conditions . In excited states of the public mind they have
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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