The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1890. THE TIMARU ELECTION
Mr J. M. Toomey having withdrawn from the field as an aspirant for the representation of Timaru, Mr G. Kerr will practically have a "walkover." Messrs Aplin and Jones, the other candidates, judged by their public utterances, are not sufficiently versed in the political history and present political requirements of the colony to be entrusted with the representation of an important constituency like that of Timaru, and the majority of the electors will no doubt realise this before polling day arrives. Mr Kerr, the gentleman who will in all probability head the poll, opposed the late member unsuccessfully on two occasions, and his political views on each occasion were in direct contrast to the lines on which he is now contesting the electorate. Formerly an ultra-Conser-vative, he is now an undisguised Liberal—that is as far as these Old Country party terms are applicable to colonial politics. The cloak of Elijah has fallen upon E]isha,andMrKerr now professes to be walking in the footsteps the late Mr Turnbull. It is only fair to Mr Kerr, however, to say that this palpable change of front has not come about suddenly. For a considerable time past the " Timaru Herald " newspaper, of which Mr Kerr is proprietor, has been gradually veering round from a red-hot supporter of the present Government to a half-hearted supporter of Her Majesty's Opposition; and this fact may be taken as an evidence of the proprietor's conversion to Liberal principles and a Liberal policy. Time will alone tell, however, whether Mr Kerr's professions are or are not sincere and should he be returned to the House we have no doubt his constituents will watch his career critically, and any deviation from the lines he has now set down will be carefully noted and remembered when he again comes before his constituents. Why Mr Toomey has retired from the contest does not clearly appear. He had been promised a largo amount of support, and seemed to be tho favorite with the electors, and, had he gone to the poll, would no doubt have scored a victory. He stated as our of his reasons for Avithdraw.il that he was unwilling to split votes, and therefore retired, but did not say in favor of whom.. Pie certainly could not retire in favor of either of Mr Kerr's opponents, as no one can know better than Mr Toomey that neither of these gentlemen has the remotest chance of being returned to the House at the present political juncture, when experienced men are required at the helm of public affairs. His retirement could only have the effect of strengthening Mr'Kerr's position, ftnc] indeed has done so. Ifc may be that Mr Tooine^ hfii\ this in view in retiring, and, like ourselves, js prepared to give Mr Kerr credit for every sincerity in his new professions. It is not for members of the Liberal party to fight each other, and on this principle Mr Toomey has doubtless left the field, but in doing so, we fear, has sacrificed iiis fihftnce of being returned for the constituency should he again offer himself, and his action Jn offering himself at all may have the effect of injuring his chances at the forthcoming election should he decide to contest a seat nearer hoiqe, This is to be regretted, as the energetic proprietor of the l ■ Tjenmka Leader " is a geatleman. whose p#esieft!Qo jn the House would be felt power, an,d ftfcf .accession to the Liberal ranks woujd bg ffludj appreciated.