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The nation indeed generally looks to the discussions in Parliament to enlighten it
as to the effect of Bills . But in this case neither party , as a party , could speak out
. Many , perhaps most of the intelligent Conservatives , were fearful of the ...
gift of the elective franchise will be a great calamity to the whole nation , and to
those who gain it as great a . calamity as to any . I do not of course mean that
statesmen can choose with absolute freedom what topics they will deal with and
And so he will both guide and benefit the nation . But if , especially at a time when
great ignorance has an unusual power in public affairs , he chooses to accept
and reiterate the decisions of that ignorance , he is only the hireling of the nation
The courage which strengthens an enemy and which so loses , not only the
present battle , but many after battles , is a heavy curse to men and nations . In
one minor respect , indeed , I think we may see with distinctness the effect of the ...
I shall be asked , How often is that , and what is the test by which you know it ? I
answer that the House of Lords must yield whenever the opinion of the Commons
is also the opinion of the nation , and when it is clear that the nation has made ...
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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