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We are inclined to doubt the universa applicability of the saying that " a lam< excuse is better than none at all " then > being occasions when it is better to re member and act upon the hint contained m the French proverb " gui tfcxctm s'aucuee." An instance m point hae just occurred m a high quarter, full particulars of which appear m tho Oamaru papers. It seems that Mi John Church, a well-known resident ol the White Stone city, was an applicant for the appointment of Property-tax Assessor for the Waiarcka (or Cave Valley) district, and was, we gather, recommended as the most suitable of a number of applicants by the Waitaki County Council. Neither Mr Church, nor any .of the other applicants, however, received the appointment, which it is Baid was conferred upon an outsider m a somewhat irregular manner. Mr Church has complained on the Bubject and attached the blame to Mr Hpcrrey, the Property-tax Commissioner, but ho haß received a reply from the Premier through Ihb privato secretary m which ho is informed that the Government is responsible for the rejection of his application and that that rejection was consequent upon his (Mr Church's) ha-ying been a candidate at last general election. The letter adds that "It haß always been considered undesirable to appoint persons who aro aspirants for political honors because people dissatisfied with the valuations might attribute political influence both to the Department and to tho valuer." Now this seems to be altogether a new departure, and as a matter of fact it is hard to see how Mr Church's having been a candidate for Oamaru can have anything to do with the valuations m a country dis trict, probably not half-a-dozen of the residents m which aro electors of Oamaru, But that is perhaps besido tho question, j which is really this, vi{s., "Is* the fact of candidature for the Houso of Representatives to ho a disqualification for appointment to any office or duty under Government ?" If so, then a new stumbling block is set up which will tend to prevent the candidature of persons who might otherwise be willing to offer their I services to their fellow colonists. Tho successful candidate is very properly shut out from all such appointments during tjie term of his membership, and for twelve months thereafter, but it is pushing matters altogether too far to disqualify tho unsuccessful oandulateß also. There is no warrant for it m law, nor is it m accordance with commonsense. Sir H. Atkinson had far better h»ve made no exoupe at all,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1983, 30 October 1888

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1983, 30 October 1888