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What makes all English politicians talk the conventional non- sense

they do about M. Thiera' appearance in the Assembly injuring his dignity as President of the Republic by exposing him to the strife of parties ? It is all pure prejudice, derived from the fact that M. Thiers is called 'President,' that the American Pre- sidents don't address the American Legislature except by message, and that the nominal head of the British Executive,—the King or 'Queen,—is likewise removed from all contact with the Legislature. But in point of fact, the British Prime Minister is far more truly the bead of the Executive than the Queen, and the British Prime Minister loses nothing in dignity and gains vastly in power by having the right of directly addressing the Legislature. M. Thera is quite right in supposing that those who wish to deprive Lord Lytteltons Joke 1522 him of the right of intervening in the debates of the Assembly

want to cripple his power, and turn him into a figure-head instead

Irish Millionaires 1522 of a ruler. The British imagination is constitutionally limited on Bountiful 1522 constitutional questions, and would do well to saturate itself

with Mr. Bagehot's very able book on the subject, the new edition of which has a preface in which M. Thiers' present position is very acutely discussed.