foreign policy and shapes the declarations of Government concerning it, but a power behind Lord Granville.
He and his colleagues would call it the power of public opinion.
It is really the opinion of that great ruling class amongst us on which Liberal Governments have hitherto had to depend for support,--the Philistines or middle class.
It is not, I repeat, with Lord Granville in his natural state and force that a foreign Government has to deal; it is with Lord Granville waiting in devout expectation to see how the cat will jump,--and that cat the British Philistine
When Prince Bismarck deals with Lord Granville, he finds that he is not dealing mind to mind with an intelligent equal, but that he is dealing with a tumult of likes and dislikes, hopes and fears, stock-jobbing intrigues, missionary interests, quidnuncs, newspapers;--dealing, in short, with ignorance
behind his intelligent equal.
Yet ignorant as our Philistine middle class may be, its volitions on foreign affairs would have more intelligibility and consistency if uttered through a spokesman of their own class.
Coming through a nobleman like Lord Granville, who has neither the thoughts, habits, nor ideals of the middle class, and yet wishes to act as proctor for it, they have every disadvantage.
He cannot even