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My main reason is one which has not been much urged . As a theoretical writer I
can venture to say , what no elected member of Parliament , Conservative or
Liberal , can venture to say , that I am exceedingly afraid of the ignorant multitude
... Lord Lyndhurst — defeated the last proposal to make life peers , Lord Derby ,
when leader of that party , desired to create them . As I have given in this book
what seemed to me good reasons for making them , xxxiv INTRODUCTION TO
what seemed to me good reasons for making them , I need not repeat those
reasons here ; I need only say how the notion stands in my judgment now . I
cannot look on life peerages in the way in which some of their strongest
advocates regard ...
... Constitution , this may have been quite right ; the power was then really lodged
in the Crown , and because Parliament met very seldom , and for other reasons ,
it was then necessary that INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . xli.
and for other reasons , it was then necessary that , on a multitude of points , the
Crown should have much more power than is amply sufficient for it at present .
But now the real power is not in the Sovereign , it is in the Prime Minister and in
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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