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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1890.

The result of the recent want-of-ctWidenee vote m the present New Zealand Administration is a distinct evidence of two things—(l) that the Opposition is almost as «tr-ong numerically an its opponents; an 4 (%) that the Government supporters are halfhearted so far as allegiance to the disorgvunsed Atkinson Cabinet is concerned. During the debate on Mr Ballance's motion); and also during the Financial debate, Government suppwief hare expressed themselves m atvmgtiv tt'vnis against t-he Ministry than tlie leader .arid rank and file of the Opposition ' hav.e done; some of the Government supporters, m fact, not only spoke against their chiefs, but went over boklly to the Opposition ranks. Any ordinary Government occupying such n, position— .tlju.it is, without the confidence of it*? supporters, menaced at every turn with a. strong Opposition, and knowing itself to be iv disfavor with the country—would resign; but the occupants of the Benches are determined to stick m office, even at the sacrifice of dignity and principle. The Cubing fctM, year after year, brought down n ; !e,Hspj/e,s with the full determination of placing i]wm upon sta.tute-l)ook, but, i4shm\oi j>r*vt of. a i ]>olicy, these, have l)een withdrawn; : the thi-eats of enemies and entreaties ,of "candid friends" have proved i stronger than Ministerial firmness. ' The Cabinet ham stuck to o&ce, and

allowed its professed policy to go to the winds. This is undeniable, as a reference to the Statute-book of the colony since the Government took office will prove. Any useful legislative measures that have found their way to the statute law of the country have been the offspring of private members, while Ministers have been too well paid for doing nothing. If* the Ministry is content to occupy this undignified ■■ position well and good— that is their affair; but it is a bad look-out for the country when a Ministry is permitted to remain m office against the popular wish. The Ministry have not a working majority m the House, and xepresent themselves only, without being able to give effect to their views. At the expiry of the present Parliament, now upon its last legs, twentyrone of the members will disappear from the political horizon, and it is but natural that they should vote with the Governmrnt m order to keep themselves before the country as long as possible. A drowing man will clutch at a straw to keep afloat, and the " twenty-one contingent" of the House have, while condemning the Government, consented to let them remain m office m order that they (the twenty-one) may be enabled to pose before the country as the fittest to survive. The twoedged sword of political extinction swung threateningly over the heads of members, and knowing that the Government desire office rather than the carrying out of useful legislative measures, the Ministry is allowed to continue on m the old groove, while electors are looking longingly forward to the time, now nearly at hand, when their voice shall be unmistakeably heard and respected m the affairs of New Zealand. A colony with a Ministry m power which does not command the confidence of the House or the country cannot expect to make headway, and the sooner a radical change is brought about the better.

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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1890., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1890. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890

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