The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 1890. SIR JULIUS VOGEL.
It is really amusing to read the confident assertions of a section of the Press in regard to the movements of Sir Julius Yogel. The recent change of proprietorship in the " New Zealand Times " suggested to one news-hunter that a change in the editorship could also take place with advantage. Casting about for an able journalist for the position the name of Sir. Julius Yogel suggested itself, and it was immediately wired over the colony that the exTreasurer was coming to the colony to again enter upon a journalistic career. A few days passed, and this rumor was authoritatively denied. Then it was suggested that Sir Julius would take
the literary control of an Otago journal, and on the top of this .again came still another rumor that he was in treaty for the editorship of the " Sydney Telegraph ;" but the latter canard had scarcely been circulated before another was started, and this time the statement came that Sir Julius Vogel intends, upon his return to the colony, to again enter the political arena as a candidate for New Plymouth in the House of Representatives. Amongst these many rumors it is hard to choose, but the latter has at least the air of probability. If Sir Julius returns to the colony with the intention of remaining, he will most certainly enter upon a political career ; and, notwithstanding r.ll that may be urged against him by interested political opponents, there are few constituencies in the colony for which he would not be retui'nad. His return to the House at the present juncture, however, would complicatethepolitical machinery very seriously. JSTot sufficiently strong to command a large political following, he is, at the same time, a power to be reckoned with by any political party in power in whose ranks he is not included, and woe betide the political novice who essays the role of .Colonial Treasurer with so astute a financier on the Opposition Benches, The party with which the ex-Colonial Treasurer was associated when last in the House has been kretrievably broken up, but even More this general break-up there was ' not sufficient confidence shown by his party in the then member for Christchurch North to slavishly follow him in all matters of public policy. Commanding but a sparse following then, he would, probably, command a less under present circumstances, and his presence would be calculated to .disconcert rather than strengthen the Opposition. By no means a friend of the present Ministry, or an admirer of the panic legislation which set in with their accession to office, his presence in the Opposition would perhaps be the greatest Avindfall that : could befall the Cabinet, It was mainly by raising the Vogel bogty tit the last election that the present land settlement obstructionists obtained possession of the Benches. The Government success was obtained by blackening the character of Sir Julius Vogel as the character of no public man has ever been blackened before, and should, he again enter the political arena, the Cabinet will no 4oubt seize the opportunity to associate his ?).ame with the Ojsposition, and thus adfliijiifstoi" a coup de qraca to the party. Wo therefore trust there is ])Q truth in the rumor as to the ex-Treagui'Sj?'.^ political intentions. His best service to the Opposition at the present time would be to serve their cause, &z> he is so well
able to do, through the medium of the Press. We no not anticipate a very material change in the personnel of the present House after the forthcoming general election. The number, it is true, may Ue reduced, but the large majority of the present members will no doubt be returned, and the (t new blood" likely to be introduced is not, so far as can be fopseen, calculated to effect any great alteration. There is a Very general feeling of disgust throughout the country at the apparent helplessness of the present Cabinet to lead the House, and we eajspeet that the larger proportion of the members who will be relegated to political obscurity will include Government suj>porb6rs. The Land settlement party, on the othor hand, and with whom the Opposition is closely allied,, js gaining sfcrjugth every clay, and while they
will probably lose a fe.w seats, these will be more than' compensated for by
the ...new members returned in their interests. If, however, as we have
I said, Sir Julius appears on the scene to champion their cause, the sympathies of a large following will be alienated, and a grave danger arise that the reins of power will be again entrusted to the present incompetent administration.