The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1880..
In the House last night, the Premier announced that the Representation Bill, of which the stormy petrels of the Opposition said we should see nothing this session, would be introduced at next silting of the House, so that on Tuesday next we shall hear what are the proposals of Ministers in regard to the re-distribution of seats. The no-confidence debate drags its slow length along, and it is difficult to understand for what purpose it was started. The Opposition, disorganised as it is, are not even hopeful of unseating the Government, and the debate has not thrown any new light on the question of how to extricate the colony from its difficulties in a way that will be less disagreeable than that adopted by the Government. Even the bitterest foes of Ministers—except such as were Ministers themselves in the last Government —-confess that a stringent financial policy is imperative, and that under any circumstances expenditure must be reduced, and taxation increased. All sorts of fanciful schemes are suggested as means of financial salvation for poor New Zealand —but they all have as their foundation a dip into the taxpayer’s pocket. Between the two parties the wordy warfare is carried on; the one side beats the air by finding fault with Ministers for doing their best for the colony, and keeps lengthening out this useless and purposeless debate, in the name of “the colony’s welfare;” while Government and their party are kept listening to the lectures that are read them, and only trouble to reply to keep up a show of fight, for they are satisfied when each windbag has emptied itself that the Government side must win. We are now getting to the end of the debate, however, for the leaders of either party have had their say, and the tag-rag and bob-tail will soon exhaust their echoes of the others, and after this outbreak business will probably proceed. It does seem preposterous, in the face of each speaker’s declaration of his love for the colony, and how solicitous he is for her good, that her time should be killed by debates of this nature. Yet with Sir George Grey in the House there is little hope of the session passing over without a repetition of this debate, for Sir George cannot reconcile himself to opposition, and must be continually making for power. No sooner will this division have taken place than Sir George will be on the alert for some other excuse to raise a no-confidence debate. ________