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We have to frame such tacit rules , to establish such ruling but unenacted
customs , as will make the House of Lords yield to the Commons when and as
often as our new Constitution requires that it should yield . I shall be asked , How
often is ...
But no important practical question in real life can be uniformly settled by a fixed
and formal rule in this way . This rule would prove that the Lords might have
rejected the Reform Act of 1832 . Whenever the nation was both excited and ...
mate rule , that the House of Lords ought , on a first - class subject , to be slow -
very slow - in rejecting a Bill passed even once by a large majority of the House
of Commons . I would not of course lay this down as an unvarying rule ; as I have
That system is a very artificial one ; you may make a fine argument for it , but you
cannot make a loud argument , an argument which would reach and rule the
multitude . The thing looks like injustice , and in a time of popular passion it would
... and to be the chiefs of it , and not to wish to oppose the Commons where that
plutocracy rules . It is true that a completely new House of Lords , mainly
composed of men of ability , selected because they were able , might very likely
attempt to ...
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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