England's Case Against Home Rule
by Albert Venn Dicey (9781459048775)

England's Case Against Home Rule
Albert Venn Dicey
Release Date: 05 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 170
Category: Political Science
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781459048775
ISBN-10: 1459048776

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. MEANING 03? HOME RULE. " Home Rule" is a term which, like all current and popular phrases, is, though intelligible, wanting in precision. Hence it is well, before we investigate the different forms which schemes of Home Eule may assume, to fix in our minds precisely what Home Eule does mean and what it does not mean. " Home Eule "?or, to speak more accurately, the policy What of Home Eule?means, if we may use language Rule8 wn wmch we are all familiar in relation to means. the Colonies, the endowment of Ireland with representative institutions and responsible government. It means, therefore, the creation of an Irish Parliament which shall have legislative authority in matters of Irish concern, and of an Irish executive responsible (in general) for its acts to the Irish Parliament or the Irish people. Hence every scheme of Home Eule which merits that name is marked by three features?first, the creation of an Irish Parliament; secondly, the right o the IrishParliament to legislate within its own sphere (however that sphere may be denned) with habitual freedom from the control of the Imperial or British Parliament; and thirdly, the habitual responsibility of the Irish executive for its acts to the Irish people or to their representatives. These three characteristics, which I do not attempt to define with anything like logical precision, constitute the essence of Home Ilule. Other things, however important in themselves, are matters of subordinate detail, and open to discussion or compromise. The limitations to the sphere within which the Irish Parliament is to exert independent authority, the definition of the term " Irish concerns," the constitution of the Irish Parliament, the nature and appointment of the Irish executive (which, though it is no doubt gen...

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