... government is possible in England because England was a deferential country
. I meant that the nominal constituency was not the real constituency ; that the
mass of the “ ten - pound ” householders did not really form their own opinions ...
No doubt countries can be imagined in which the mass of the electors would be
thoroughly competent to form good opinions ; approximations to that state happily
exist . But such was not the state of the minor English shopkeepers . They were ...
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 . There was indeed an idea —
a very prevalent idea when the first edition of this book was published — that ...
I shall be asked , How often is that , and what is the test by which you know it ? I
answer that the House of Lords must yield whenever the opinion of the Commons
is also the opinion of the nation , and when it is clear that the nation has made ...
Majorities may be either genuine or fictitious , and if they are not genuine , if they
do not embody the opinion of the representative as well as the opinion of the
constituency , no one would wish to have any attention paid to them . But if the ...
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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