The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit TUESDAY, JULY 8, 1890. THE COMING ELECTIONS.
In view of the early dissolution, or expiry by effluxion of time, of the present House of Representatives, it behoves the several constituencies to look ahead, and decide who shall be entrusted with command in the near future. Twenty-one members of the present House, under any circumstances, will not be included in the next Parliament. Who these will be it is impossible to foresee. A reduction of members causedacorresponding alteration in electoral boundaries, these being enlarged by the swallowing up of others; and the result is that in every case present M.H.R.'s will face a more or less number of new electors. The city member who has been the spoilt child of a large section of the j residents of his immediate neighborhood will now require to woo the suffrages of treble the number of voters, many of whom " Know not Joseph"; the country member who has had a pocket borough that he could safely call his own will require to go further afield; and the member who could beat any local opponent on his own ground will be compelled to try conclusions upon new soil with a fellow-member equally strong in his own fortification. In these contests between contending parliamentary rivals it is difficult to say whether the fittest will survive ; and there is just a possibility that both will be sent to the wall in some cases by the return of " new blood " against whom nothing unfavourable is known. In any case the outlook is a most unique one, and however the political cards a,re shuffled, the next election will witness a large number of good, bad, and indifferent New Zealand politicans left out in the cold. For the good, regret will be felt and expressed ; for the bad and indifferent, it is better for themselves and better for the country that they should return to the plough-share and reaping hook, and leave legislation to those more qualified for the task. The majority of the present members of the House have signified to the respective constituencies their intention to stand again, while a few, perhaps realising that discretion is the better part of valour, have resolved to retire into private life. In addition to members of the present House Aye observe that already 60 new aspirants for political fame have announced their intention of coming forward at the forthcoming general election. Many of the new aspirants are, it is true, only a reappearance of old forms with well-kno \vn faces—candidates who have been rejected on former occasions, but who " bob up" serenely again at every election. • Others of the number, like the Hon. Sir Itollesfcm and a few more, are men whom Mew Zealand can ill spare from the House ; while others, again, arc men of sterling merit whose presence in the House would bo a distinct gain to the country. It will, therefore, be no wonder if a considerable number, in addition to the " doomed " twenty-one, of the present House find themselves put on one side for better men—men who will make the welfare of the country their firat consideration,andthepersonal advancement of themselves or their friends a secondary matter. Under any circumstances, there must be a great change in the personnel of the present Parliament, and it behoves the elector's at a critical period like the present, to return members to the House for the next term who will steer the State ship into a safer harbour than where she lias been left by former pilots