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A Divided Cabinet.

■ The '' Rangitikei Advocate," which is in a position to know what it is writing about, in its issue of the JQth inst, just 'prior to Mr G. F. Richardson's deliverance at Wyndham, says :—A. good deal has been written and' said, since Mr Fergus' unfortunate speech at; Queenstown with, regard to what the Government think as a whole, as though they were unanimous in their condemnation of his utterances. 'We have, however, undoubted authority for saying that the Government are in the unfortunate position of thinking in two diametrically opposite directions upon the propositions put forward by Mr Fergus. The Ministry are running in two teams, who are pulling in opposite directions. The Premier and Messrs Hislop and Fergus are running together, and Captain Russell, and Messrs Mitchelson and Richardson in the other team, and it was what the Government, as represented by the former threes think tthat,found:ytfcerance:afc iheiatitheilip's of Mr Fergus at Queenstown. Sir H. Atkinson has long been known to entertain the views enunciated by Mr Fergus,' and it is also well understood that it was, at his instigation that Mr Fergus, who is in the unfortunate position of having,no opinions of his own, was set to fly the kite of the Ministerial; triad of which he is a member, in order to test the uncertain* currents of public opinion. The result everyone knows. Mr Fergus explains himself into greater difficulties j ..there, is. much talk of a.Government delegate going South in order to discredit the utterances of a member of the Government'; but the fact remains that what.Mr Fergus said is what one part of the' Government think, and what Mr Richardson may, say will express the opinions, of only -Messrs Richardson, Mitchelson, and Captain Russell, and perhaps the other two i members of the Cabinet.

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A Divided Cabinet., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890

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A Divided Cabinet. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890