[LMB] New Counts?

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sat Apr 4 15:55:14 BST 2009


On Apr 3, 2009, at 10:07 PM, Andrew Barton wrote:

>
> scottwashburn at comcast.net:
>
>> Could Gregor make new counts by deeding them some of that land? You  
>> might ask why he'd want to do something like that, but the answer  
>> is simple: politics. Suppose Gregor wanted some bit of legislation  
>> passed by the Council of Counts, but didn't have the votes? If he  
>> could suddenly create a dozen new counts who were completely loyal  
>> to him he could create an instant majority. Apparently, several  
>> monarchs of England did exactly that in the House of Lords over the  
>> centuries. <
>
> I don't believe that's ever actually been done, but we had a  
> constitutional crisis in 1909-10 where the House of Lords was  
> blocking a radical annual finance bill introduced by a government  
> with a strong electoral mandate in the Commons.  Here's an account  
> from royal.gov.uk


Money needs can make a huge difference.    After all, Henry VIII was  
able to create his own church - because by confiscating the Church's  
lands, the state got wealthy quickly.    States have sold power when  
they needed money or support.



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