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The author confuses "it just isn't done" with both tradition and the social constraints of polite society.

It's not clear to me that there's a confusion. These seem like related categories (and, as a UK political scientist) his analysis of the British constitution seems both funny and broadly accurate.

Lord Moulton called it "the realm of manners" in between the domains of law and of free choice. Mark Steyn interpreted it recently: http://www.steynonline.com/7468/the-realm-of-manners

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