15 JULY 1893, Page 3

Lord Salisbury made a brilliant speech to the Junior Constitutional

Club on Friday week, in which he described our present constitutional system as " an impartial combination of hustle and gag," and made an earnest appeal to the people to insist on the reference of fundamental constitutional changes, such as Mr. Gladstone is now attempting, to the people as a whole,—the Referendum, in short, which is growing in favour everywhere on the continent of Europe, and which in Switzer- land has always proved to be a most valuable and conser- vative guarantee for tried institutions. England is nearly the only country in which a great constitutional revolution can be made with no further precautions than are necessary for passing a sanitary Bill or a railway Bill.