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The position of affairs in Weliington is almost unique, and there is every indication of an impending crisis. The temporary victory of the Government as against Mr Ballance's retrenchment resolution, seems likely to prove, as at the time we ventured to predict, more disastrous than a defeat, for the result lias been that the House—not the Opposition merely, but a distinct majority of the whole House—is practically taking .charge of the Estimates, and is steadily and systematically proceeding to reduce the votes, thus declai'ing that it cannot and will not trust the Government to effect in detail the reduction already determined upon in the lump, but insists on carrying out the details itself. Against this fixed determination the Ministry is powerless, and must, perforce, submit, much as it may protest; but. the process of reduction in detail necessarily is a slow one, and as it has taken nearly a week* to get through a single page of the Estimates, Parliament will barely live long enough to complete the task, and a dissolution by effluxion of time before the work is accomplished already looms out as a possibility. Meantime, so far as legislation is concerned, Parliament appears to have been reduced to a condition of absolute impotence. Of the passing this session of such large measures as the Registration of Electors Bill, the Bankruptcy Bill, the Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Bill, aud the Civil Service Reform Bill there appears to be absolutely no chance whatever, and even the Labor Bills will be carried through with difficulty. The House has been in session nearly six weeks, and has yet only passed a couple of imprest ■upply Bills, and the slaughter of innocents this year threatens to assume phenomenally large proportions. As to the outcome of all this, it is already a moot point as to whether the Government can possibly cany on, and it is quite on the cards that within a very few days it may be determined to abandon the attempt to do any thin o- in the present House, and that short supply, i.e., 31st December, will be asked for and granted, and the House dissolved. In that case a general election will probably take place in. the month of January, and the newHouse will be called together about the segond, week in March, (

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890