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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

English Constitution

English Constitution.

By the constitution of England the government is vested in the Crown to be exercised with the advice of the Privy Council. The Cabinet Council is unknown to the Constitution, and is a glaring usurpation to render Ministers irresponsible. No Minister could justify under its powers, and no court of law recognise its acts. Individual ministers are separately responsible.


I always regarded with distrust extemporised constitutions. Time and a good providence made constitutions and empires. Self-satisfied and arrogant men thought they could strike out a constitution at a heat that would secure the happiness of millions of their fellow-creatures, but Providence baffled the designs of these small minds.

(Lord Ellenborough.)