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The mere settlement of the Reform question made a great change too . If it could
have been settled by any other change , or even without any change , the instant
effect of the settlement would still have been immense . New questions would ...
New questions would have appeared at once . A political country is like an
American forest : you have only to cut down the old trees , and immediately new
trees come up to replace them ; the seeds were waiting in the ground , and they
The grave question now is , How far will this peculiar old system continue and
how far will it be altered ? ... I cannot expect that the new class of voters will be at
all more able to form sound opinions on complex questions than the old voters .
The real question is , Will they submit to it , will they defer in the same way to
wealth and rank , and to the higher qualities of which these are the rough
symbols and the common accompaniments ? There is a peculiar difficulty in
answering this ...
... for itself what political question it shall attend to ; it is as much as it can do to
judge decently of the questions which drift down to it , and are brought before it ; it
almost never settles its topics ; it can only decide upon the issues of those topics .
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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