The British Constitution: Its History, Structure, and Working

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Сторінка 416 - ... individuals but States — the application of legislative principles to such a body of States — and the devising means for keeping its integrity as a Federacy, while the rights and powers of the individual States are maintained entire — is the very greatest refinement in social policy to which any state of circumstances has ever given rise, or to which any age has ever given birth...
Сторінка 258 - That neither house of parliament had any power, by any vote or declaration, to create to themselves any new privilege, that was not warranted by the known laws and customs of parliament.
Сторінка 62 - I ever heard such a thing even whispered; and I am as certain as I am of my own existence, that, during the whole of that period, not one act of a corrupt nature had ever been done by any one member of either House.
Сторінка 259 - ... house, have assumed to themselves alone a legislative authority, by pretending to attribute the force of a law to their declaration ; have claimed a jurisdiction not warranted by the constitution, and have assumed a new privilege to which they can...
Сторінка 223 - In the time of James I., as we have seen (Chap, xvi.), the Commons ordered a person who was charged only with having spoken disrespectfully of the Palatine, then an object of popular favour, to be led ignominiously in procession on horseback, with his head towards the tail of the beast, to be whipped from London to Westminster, to pay a fine of .£5,000, and to be imprisoned for life; and all but the whipping was executed upon this unfortunate gentleman. In Charles I.'s time they habitually voted...
Сторінка 287 - ... preferring the teachers of a system tending to support the peculiar policy of the state. It is otherwise with respect to religious instruction. The happiness of men and their most anxious feelings are so deeply interested in their religious tenets, that any preference given by the state to the teaching of religious doctrines which they sincerely believe to be erroneous proves excessively galling to them, and the same persons who could well bear to pay taxes which should go to the propagation...
Сторінка 329 - NECESSARY. 329 may, however, be convenient to enable a magistrate so far to act in a police matter as to issue his warrant for apprehension or for seizing goods or other matters to be used in evidence. 4. When the prosecution is resolved on, proper officers should be provided to prepare the case, and to conduct it before the judges. These are strictly ministerial and executive. This office, however, is extremely important; nor can any system of criminal procedure be other than most imperfect which...
Сторінка 405 - Bohemia as a member and subject of the Germanic empire, while the Bohemian was the Emperor's subject as King of Bohemia, So before 1801 a Hanoverian was the King of England's subject as Elector of Hanover, and an Irishman was his subject as King of Ireland ; nor did the existence of States in Hanover and of a Parliament in Ireland prevent the Sovereign from exercising his authority as ruler, greater or less according to the constitution of the two countries, in Hanover and in Ireland; but Hanover...
Сторінка 242 - Constitution of his uwn kingdom. It is manifest that had the English Patriots in 1670 been apprised of his proceedings, the Revolution never ought to have been delayed an hour. The calling in of William at that time would have been on every principle equally justifiable; and the expulsion of the restored family would have been an act still more necessary for saving both the liberties of Englishmen and the independence of their country; for that which James's proceedings never even threatened was...

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