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ABOUT THE LOBBIES.

[from our special correspondent.] [by telegraph. ] Wellington, Saturday. The Opposition caucus was held to-day, and lasted nearly two hours. They make a great mystery of what transpired, and afford, in my opinion, no reliable information of what took place in issuing a report they manufactured amongst themselves for circulation by the press. Their difficulty seems to be how to fabricate an official report that tells nothing and teaches nothing. This I knew : many who were supposed to have been present were absent. The report to-day says there was a difference of opinion as to the election of a leader, but it was ultimately agreed, by a considerable majority, that a leader should be appointed. Some members stated that though they considered it would be better not to appoint a leader, yet they would follow the one appointed. On the motion of Mr Macandrew, seconded by Mr Stewart, Mr Montgomery was elected leader. Wellington, To-day.

The result of the appointment of Mr Montgomery as leader of the Opposition will, in my opinion, have this effect : it will either secure the Ministry for the session or wid loai to a reorganisation, of parties, in which latter case, Messrs Montgomery and Macaiidrew will be both out in’ the cold. The strength of parties will in all probability be tested after the members return from Christchurch. There never has been any intention to test them until after all the elections and Mr Daniells’ case were over. What the state of parties may be will he seen on the division. The Government party will vote solid. The question is, will any issue arise that will make the Opposition also vote solid. One thing is certain, the Opposition will fight in detached bands. If they vote together as a body they may defeat the Government, but then two things have to happen, a common issue on which they can cohere, and a general desire to put the Government out. Let us take this for granted and the Government beaten, what would happen after Saturday's caucus on such an event 1 Why, Mr Montgomery would be sent for, but he could form no Ministry that would stand a week, because Sir George Grey would have nothing to do with such a Cabinet in the way of nominating a man or men to represent Auckland thereon, and then the reconstruction I have hinted at, and which in some men’s minds is already a foregone thing, will come to pass. But Sir George Grey may elect to keep the Government in, and it must not be forgotten that he holds the balance of power at present, and this he most probably will do for this reason—he is not in love with the idea of the reconstruction of parties that 1 have mentioned. He has no desire to be in office himself, and if his party came into power and he remained a private member, he would bo differing with them in a week or two, and they would say as others—- “ Wiiat a faithless old sinner he is!” H nee he would positively, in such a contingency, resign his seat; but he likes the excitement of the House, and would rather see things out. You can’t conceive a Cabinet formed in the present House without Major Atkinson being Treasurer, hence another difficulty. I have thought it best to sketch out pretty fully in one ol my first telegrams the contingencies ol the situation as I see them, free from bias or party feeling, and I may add that the opinions I have here expressed are those of the leading men on both sides.

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ABOUT THE LOBBIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 672, 26 June 1882

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ABOUT THE LOBBIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 672, 26 June 1882

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