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Henry George on New Zealand Polities.

Henry George, m a letter to the "New York Standard," says of New Zealand's G.O.M. : " I was especially glad to meet Sir George Grey, and to find his 80th year sitting so lightly upon him. It is worth going far to meet such a man— soldier, scholar, statesman, and political leader. An aristocrat by birth^ w-ho, when hardly thirty, wielded, the powers of a dictator: hps been four times governor qf important colonies m the most important crises of their affairs, and then premier of the colony m which he had made his home, who is yet an intense democrat, and who, imspured, by disappointment; a,:nd undaunted: by defeat, retains m the, evenjng of life all the faith and hop.c that are commonly associated with youth. Ten years ago Sir George Grey, when premier- of this colony, introduced; the, thin end of the wedge by carrying a measure for the imposition of a direct tax on the value of the land, irrespective of improvements, but the great land owners quickly rallied, and his majority melted away. At the ensuing election he was defeated, and the new ministry giving a sop.' to the poorer taxpayers b,y %n exemption, substituted for tjh^ $ax on. Jand values a tax on all property. ; The financial and land rings relied, and appointed a dictator, m the person of Major Atkinsqn x w))A has continued as such eyer. sftice (with the. exception of the, Srtoiijt-JB>allance interregnum). He at o**oe repealed Grey's land tax, increased the tax on tea and sugar, and gave us the property tax. Millions of capital thai would otherwise have been invested here have been driven away by tftv* iniquitious tax. It has, and is, driving away the bone and sinew of the colony at the rate of 5000 a JW. It is fleecing the unfortunate people "tnat circumstances compel to remain ; it is plundering the settler* the tradesman and the. merchant, while djriv-. i ing out of cultivation immense, areas of good. land. For tb#. last ten years it has | [ blighted, th,e.' prospects of the colony and ' yet; Uia man who imposed it sits crowned i»nct sceptred upon our colony) throne. Oh ! poor New Zealand- will you never awake for manhood^ sake, and hurl those robbers of the poor into, political Hades. Ye. dolts, you, call yourselves men .' You gather m your thousands to political meeting, and there, instead of raising your strong right hand m terrible earnest, yoi; tamely bleat m each other's faces like so many wether lambs waiting their turn to be shorn. ' ;

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Henry George on New Zealand Polities., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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Henry George on New Zealand Polities. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890