chapter  XXVIII
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LEADING TEXT-WRITERS ON THE RESERVE POWER OF THE CROWN

Todd's attitude to the precedent of 1784 is, on the whole, one of approval of the dismissal of the Coalition, but he stresses the fact that Pitt's 'acceptance of responsibility' for the removal of his predecessors regularized the King's own 'irregular acts' in intriguing to deal with the India Bill in the House of Lords to secure its rejection. Todd quoted Lord Campbell's approval of the King's conduct in the emergency. I

Spencer Walpole also contributed a valuable note upon the point, asserting that:

This point of Spencer Walpole-that the electoral verdict should not be regarded as necessarily determining the question of the correctness of the Sovereign's act-is valuable, but continually lost sight of. Of course, if Dicey's statement of general principle were accepted, the vote of the electorate would of itself furnish a final and complete justification for the exercise of the prerogative.