The Right Hon. Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, K. G., and His Times Volume 1

The Right Hon. Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, K. G., and His Times Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...that in the Reform Act the rights of the working classes were not more respected. But who voted against them? Who voted against the freemen? The liberal members, the clamourers for the whole bill, and nothing but the bill. He wished to know what hon. gentlemen opposite meant. Did they mean to say they would no longer endure the ancient constitution of the country--a monarchy modified by the political estates of the realm? If they were of opinion that every acre ought to be represented--every pound sterling of capital, and every individual of the population, ought to be represented in the House--if they said that, then he replied, they proposed a revolution in the constitution. If the House was to represent all material and personal interests, it was absurd to suppose any influence could be exercised by any other estate of the realm, or by the Crown itself. But were they prepared to do that? If so, why did they come forward with a 10 franchise, which, when met by an amendment, they withdrew? Were they prepared to say that every man "full grown" should be entitled to the suffrage, and ought to be allowed to exercise it? Why not make the proposition? On the contrary, the most eminent members of their party had made speeches against it. They did not propose that; they disclaimed it; they shrank from it; they admitted that it was dangerous. Now, would these reformers meet the question fairly, and tell the 16 House that they were prepared to change the constitution of the country? They would not. Not one of them would do that, because they knew that their answer would be that they would have then to entrust privileges to persons they would not confer them on. "Is the possession of the franchise to be a privilege, ..".show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236871170
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