... them or for the country , and the Lords have only to go back to the good path in
which he directed them . The events of 1870 caused much discussion upon life
pecrages , and we have gained this great step , that whereas the former leader of
No English majority dare vote for an exceedingly bad treaty ; it would rather
desert its own leader than ensure its own ruin . And an English minority ,
inheriting a long experience of Parliamentary affairs , would not be exceedingly
ready to ...
So strong is this predisposition , that not long since a subordinate member of the
Opposition declared that the “ front benches ” of the two sides of the House —
that is , the leaders of the Government and the leaders of the Opposition — were
There being nothing practical in the Opposition - nothing likely to hamper them
hereafter — the leaders of Opposition are nearly sure to suggest every objection .
The thing is done and cannot be undone , and the most natural wish of the ...
... and the majority will agree to the treaties the leaders have made if they fairly
can . They will not be anxious to disagree with them . But the majority of the
House of Lords may always be , and has lately been generally an opposition
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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