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A new Constitution does not produce its full effect as long as all its subjects were
reared under an old Constitution , as long as its statesmen were trained by that
old Constitution . It is not really tested till it comes to be worked by statesmen and
All through the period between 1832 and 1865 , the pre - °32 statesmen - if I may
so call them - Lord Derby , Lord Russell , Lord Palmerston , retained great power
. Lord Palmerston to the last retained great prohibitive power . Though in some ...
In the mean time our statesmen have the greatest opportunities they have had for
many years , and likewise the greatest duty . They have to guide the new voters
in the exercise of the franchise ; to guide them quietly , and without saying what ...
And in settling what these questions shall be , statesmen have now especially a
great responsibility if they raise questions which will excite the lower orders of
mankind , if they raise questions on which those orders are likely to be wrong ; if ...
I do not of course mean that statesmen can choose with absolute freedom what
topics they will deal with and what they will not . I am of course aware that they
choose under stringent conditions . In excited states of the public mind they have
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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