The English Constitution
Little, Brown, and Company, 1873 - Constitutional history - 351 pages
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Page 139 - Having once given her sanction to a measure, that it be not arbitrarily altered or modified by the Minister; such an act she must consider as failing in sincerity towards the Crown, and justly to be visited by the exercise of her Constitutional right of dismissing that Minister.
Page 79 - hyphen which joins, a buckle which fastens the legislative part of the State to the executive part".
Page 76 - The efficient secret of the English Constitution may be described as the close union, the nearly complete fusion, of the executive and legislative powers.
Page 85 - It has been said that England invented the phrase, "Her Majesty's Opposition ;" that it was the first government which made a criticism of administration as much a part of the polity as administration itself.
Page 139 - To state the matter shortly, the Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights, the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn, and a King of great sense and sagacity would want no others.
Page 70 - There are two great objects which every constitution must attain to be successful, which every old and celebrated one must have wonderfully achieved : every constitution must first gain authority and then use authority ; it must first win the loyalty and confidence of mankind, and then employ that homage in the work of government.
Page 17 - But in all cases it must be remembered that a political combination of the lower classes, as such and for their own objects, is an evil of the first magnitude...
Page 94 - ... ruler before the occasion. The great qualities, the imperious will, the rapid energy, the eager nature fit for a great crisis are not required — are impediments — in common times. A Lord Liverpool is better in everyday politics than a Chatham — a Louis Philippe far better than a Napoleon. By the structure of the world we often want, at the sudden occurrence of a grave tempest, to change the helmsman — to replace the pilot of the calm by the pilot of the storm.
Page 99 - The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
Page 154 - Nobility is the symbol of mind. It has the marks from which the mass of men always used to infer mind, and often still infer it. A common clever man who goes into a country place will get no reverence ; but the " old squire " will get reverence. Even after he is insolvent, when every one knows that his ruin is but a question of time, he will get five times as much respect from the common peasantry as the newlymade rich man who sits beside him. The common peasantry will listen to his nonsense more...