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CONVENTIONS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

 

We will use the words of a great patriot historian Edward A. Freeman, D. C. L., LL. D- Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. (1876) From his: -

THE GROWTH

OF THE

 ENGLISH CONSTITUTION

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MACMILLAN AND CO-LONDON

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We have a whole system of political morality, a code of precepts for the guidance of public men, which will not be found in any page of either the Statute or the Common Law, but which are in practice held hardly less sacred than any principle embodied in the Great Charter or in the Petition of Right.

 

In short, by the side of our written law there has grown up an unwritten or Conventional Constitution, when an Englishman speaks of the conduct of a public man being Constitutional or Unconstitutional, he means something wholly different from what he means by his conduct being legal or illegal.

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NEED WE SAY MORE
 

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DECEMBER-2008

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