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I have said that cabinet government is possible in England because England was
a deferential country . I meant that the nominal constituency was not the real
constituency ; that the mass of the “ ten - pound ” householders did not really form
Many Radical members who had been asking for years for household suffrage
were much more surprised than pleased at the near chance of obtaining it ; they
had asked for it as bargainers ask for the highest possible price , but they ...
bargainers ask for the highest possible price , but they never expected to get it .
Altogether the Liberals , or at least the extreme Liberals , were much like a man
who has been pushing hard against an opposing door , till , on a sudden , the
They must avoid , not only every evil , but every appearance of evil ; while they
have still the power they must remove , not only every actual grievance , but ,
where it is possible , every seeming grievance too ; they must willingly concede ...
... what no elected member of Parliament , Conservative or Liberal , can venture
to say , that I am exceedingly afraid of the ignorant multitude of the new
constituencies . I wish to have as great and as compact a power as possible to
resist it .
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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