The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY JUNE 21, 1889. THE CHRISTCHURCH NORTH ELECIION.
The bye-election of a Parliamentary representative of the North Christchuroh constituency, though not occasioning much excitement, pointed one 01 two morals which it may be well for eleotors to think over. Advocates of the Hare system will see m the result an argu ment m support of their views, for the member returned represents the opinions of a decided minority of the electors, whereas by the working of the Hare system the candidate whose principles were m accord with the views of the majority would have gained the seat, the votes given for the candidate who polled the lowest number of votes being added to the candidate who stood second, which would m this instance have turned that candidate's minority into a majority. Bat the seat should not have been lost by the Opposition even under the pre Bent law, and that it has been lost is a circumstance which can scarcely be called anything bat scandalous, and which is m the last degree discreditable not only to the candidate who was the direct instrument of the splitting of the vote of the party m whose interest he assumed to stand, but to those assooi-, ationß and individuals who supported him m his foolish and unwarranted candidature, We should have thought Mr Eden George's experience at last General Election would have taught him what the eleotors thought of him as a Parliamentary candidate, and what value was to be attached to the flattery of those interested m dividing a party against itself. This conceited and gullible youth, however, rushes once more where angels — m the shape of wiser men than himself — fear to tread, He is once more caught by the chaff which enemies of* the principles that he claims to represent cast to him m tho form of ludicrously open flattery. He assails a man who is a tried and trusty supporter of those very principles of which Mr ( George presumes to consider himself the apostle ; and assails that universally respected gentleman m a manner which is rightly stigmatised as a disgrace to society. The results are — that Eden George iB again last on the poll, but this time be bas the oatisfaction cf knowing that he has deprived John ullivier— a man who deserves well of hiß country, and whose principles were formed and enunciated before his mischievous opponent was born — of the seat m Parliament which he would otherwise have gained, and the con stituenoy of their proper representation. Jt anything were wanted to complete the odium m which all right-thinking m en should hold such a politician as this, it is furnished by his conduct at the declare tion of the poll, where he appeared to revel m the mischief he had wrought, and vented his puny boastings of acting m a similar way towards another oon stituency and its member at the first opportunity. Let the foolish youog man take the Bound advice given him, after the contest, by the newspaper m nhose columns he was so openly fooled before, that he should study assiduously for a few years longer before again seeking to enter the political arena. Wo would express a hope that his studies will be the means of his gaining more sense of prupriety than to oppose a man old enough to be bis father— politically and otherwise, Of the successful candidato we may say tfcst Mr E. W. Humphreys is a Government supporter. He fa a Free trader, but m deference to his constituents he will take no action to alter the present tariff m the direction of Freotrade without first consulting them on. tho Bnbject. Ho sympathies to some extent with the agitation for granting the franchise to females over twenty -one years of age, but considers that the reform should bo brought about gradually by giving the franchise only to a small section of the women, and thus preventing any sudden or violent change being brought about by their vote. Mr Humphreys' 403 votes do not approach Sir J. Vogol's 749 and 930 , at the last two elections, while Mr George's 184 votes are far below the numbers polled for such candidates as Roberts and Crewes on those occasions. 41
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