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. , A > __ .._ Never in the history of the New Zealand Parliament was there a more remarkable position than now exists. We have a Ministry kept in office by * a party which does riot believe in either its personnel or its policy, but which declines to turn it out,' solely because, while loving it not at all, it dreads and detests the Opposition, or the Reader of the Opposition. The Ministry whose existence is thus prolonged by what may be termed a negative support is, moreover, a Ministry without a visible head. There is a disorganisation of the most pronounced kind,' and the force which rallies round the Government to save its political existence declines to do anything more. It will not march at its bidding, nor execute iti commands. Already the one policy Bill which has made its appearance, the Registration of Electors" Bill, has been virtually sided, and though a want-of-confidence motion has been defeated, members, even on the Government side, have for days past been delivering speeches which betray the existence on their part of the want of confidence which they only declined to affirm lest the result should be the adventto power of politicians in whom they have still less confidence. Then, again, it has become abundantly evident, in the course of the debate on the appointment of Judge Edwards, which was curiously traversed, or was interpolated into the debate on the Financial Statement, that a large number of members are absolutely determined that the Bill to confirm that appointment shall not pass; and yet further, it transpires that a demand for a reduction of the estimates will not only be made, but that it will be supported by a sufficient number of members to render it imperative. What, then will follow? Either the Government must accept the position of bowing to the rejection of their Bills, and the modification of their finance, at the will of the House, or they must resign or appeal to the country. We can scarcely conceive that they are so lost to all consideration of their position as to accept the first alternative; and we feel quite sure that they will not accept the second. It remains that there will be but one course open to them—to dissolve the House; and we are inclined to think that a dissolution is the almost inevitable result. As that will mean that the election will be upon us sooner than was anticipated—probably in a very few weeks hence—it will be well that those whose names are not yet on the roll should see to it that they send in their claims for enrolment without any delay.

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THE POLITICAL POSITION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890

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THE POLITICAL POSITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890