The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1889. THE HARE SYSTEM.
In a recent artiole we endeavored to explain as clearly as possible the provisions of the New Electoral Bill which will have to be considered and dealt with at next session of the General .Assembly, more particularly as regards that portion of it which proposes the introduction into our electoral system of a modification of what is known as "the Hare System" of election. We hope we were fairly successful m that endeavour, but if so then our readers, if they comprehend the matter thoroughly, are it seems better off than not merely the electors, but even the members of Parliament at Home. For we see that Mr Wakefield having written to the late eminent statesman, John Bright, on tbis very subject, received from him a reply m which the great Englishman wrote. "A3 to Mr Hare's system, I find nobody who understands it, or thinks it practicable. Under it there would be no association between .members and eleotors. A member could not meet his conetituenoy. Those who elected him would be scattered all over the country. He could never see them or any large portion of them assembled, and they could not, except as dispersed individuals, communicate with him on any great question m which they were interested. Ihe lines of our old constitution are sound m my view. Large and free constituencies are no departure from them. Cromwell gave representation to large towns and to counties. That wa3 a wise plan. Unhappily, it was not continued. We shall probably approach it m some degree. » . . . I only know one member of our House who thinks he understands Mr Hare's scheme, and he is laughed at rather than followed^ Mr Bright then was evTHenfly"a~believer iiTTarge i const! tuencies, but m single electorates, and he evidently was not a believer m the Hare system ; and seeing that we b.ave no experience whatever either m our own country or any other to guide us as to the operation of the Hare system as applied to large five or six-barrelled electorates, it may be questioned whether it will be altogether wise of us to commit ourselves just at present to a somewhat risky experiment.
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