Rpoaklnp !u the House on the Repre* aentatioa Bill, and discussing the relative advantages of single electorates over electorates returning more thao roe membir, Mt W. P. R. ever, according to " Hansard," poked fon a\ Danedinlats In he following tt^ms: — We have the oas; of Sir Robert Stoat coneta tly thrown Id oar face. It \b most unfortunate that • gentlt man of hla position Bhould ha?e boon kept out of thla House, It baa been enggested to me that it la unfair to blame the single-electorate system for hla exolnsion ; t ought rather to be put down to the p collar oharaoter of the population of Donedin. We know that a more pugnaolouh, a more litigious, a more quarrelsome race does not exist on the face of the earth. I have been very kindly treated m Dunedin, and have many frlenda there ; but we know that with all their good qualities they are a peculiar people— that the average Dnncdln public man !s one who la only happy when he goes about the pleoo looking for somebody to fight. And we know, t o, that they are m a oonstant state of suspicion not only with regard to the other inbabl-ants of the Oolony, but of each other. Perhnpu this is owing to tho depressing influences of the c'imate ; perhaps it is owing to the fighting ifaoo from wbich tbey spring ; but, be iho cause what it may, there m certainly no such pugnacious, cambative race m the world. We have a very recent example of (hat sitting amonga dh — a gentleman who, having finished off bis human enemies, hay tin no more men to conquer, has started on a cr :sade against, machinery I admit that the average Daoedia man is never happier than when ho is fighting somebody bigger and stronger to an himself, und probably because the people there could not oppose Si*- Robert Stout m an outsider jus: because he was au outsider, they therefore oppose him as a oardidate for Dunedin merely because he was a Dunedin man.
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