The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1890. " THANKS AND CONFIDENCE."
We are in the midst of. a flood of pre-sessional speeches, an unusually large number of members having this, year delayed calling their constituents together until within a few days of the re-assembling Parliament, and. being now busily . engaged in unburdening themselves of their views upon the doings and leav-ings-undone of last session, and I the probable subjects of. consideration or legislation in the session that is to come. Probably the cause of the post-' ponement, in so large a number of instances, and until so late, a period, of the usual intersessional interview be L tween member and constituents, 'has been the fact that there was very little done' last session which is worth talking about, and because it was on\y a day or two ago that Ministers, by the mou]th of Mr Fergus, gave any indication of the measures it was intended to propose when the. House meets again. But whether 1 or nol this be the true solution of the 1 unusual number . of" pre-sessional, as compared with. - post-sessional speeches, the fact remains that we have;this season' an exceptional abundance of the former. " Better late than never" is a common.' saying, and we are' not prepared to deny . that' under all. the circumstances " better late than early" J may, perhaps, ,be an equally,. sound maxim. Speeches many, at anyrate, ~we are having, and speeches in which there is so wide 1 a diversity of view upon public questions, that- it is very nearly a case of "qitot homines tot sententice." Indeed there is the widest possible range of; choice laid before the electors- as to- policy, and the curious fact is noticeable that either every member has arranged to gauge precisely the. set' of public opinion in his own particular district, or the constituencies are given to paying compliments, which have no particular force or meaning. For whatever be his views—and ' one honorable member differs as widely fronil some other honorable members as widely as the poles are asunder—each and all inevitably is accorded a vote of " thanks and confidence." Some people seem to attach a great deal of weight to the carrying of such a vote, but when gentlemen who advocate a loan, and gentlemen who denounce borrowing in any shape whatever; gentlemen who .urge a policy of State immigration, and gentlemen who declare that such a policy would be the next thing to treason; gentlemen who desire to abolish the Property-tax, and gentlemen who declare that it cannot be abolished; gentlemen who urge the amendment of our educational system, and gentlemen who call upon the people to resist its being touched in any particular; gentlemen who believe in an Australasian Federation (including New £Jealand) ? and gentlemen who strenuously maintain that Hew Zealand's only safety is. in paddling her own canoe j gentlemen who Avant more Protection, and gentlemen, with whom Freetrade is a shibboleth, —-when each and all of these severally obtains a vote of thanks and confidence—we cannot help thinking that these resolutions, which are so carefully telegraphed far and w-idp. ftr9 peally only good natured compliments, arid that 'they ar nob only no, guide as to the real sentiments of the electorates, but that there is absolutely nothing in them.