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Due Parliamentary cowespondent tele graphs that negotiations are going on between leading members of the Opposition and members of the Cabinet, to bring about an early dissolution. The Opposition »nd Ministry evidently realise that no useful legislation can progress while the Estimates are m the way. The savings already authorised appear to be all the Retrenchment Party can effect, and the debates m Committee of Supply have now degenerated into a party wrangle, m which a gimt defkl of talking takes the place of useful work. The Opposition, m themselves, are apparently too weak to effect further retrenchment, and the, consistent support of the "Skinflint" Party cannot be relied upon., There? fore the best thjng that can happen is for Government and Opposition to come to an understanding, either by means of a compromise or by a direct want-of-confidence motion. The latter is scarcely likely to be again tried, as the majority of the House appear determined to keep the Ministry m and thojr. measures out. Members of the House who, by their rotes m, Committee of Supply, hfiv© shown that they have no c'onficjeiice m the present Ministry, would not hesitate to vote with them m a direct no-confidence debate. The alternative left to the Opposition, therefore, who are receiving only a half-hearted support from the "Skinflint" Party, is to ay^nge i with the $QverjyuqtyT# ancl; grant s;^Pp^ V,P to the end of the. financial yesar, a,nd demand that the new Kfqu^e. shall meet early m, i\pr^l, By. this means the ppun,tr# will b,e enabled to express on the question whether or not further, retrenchments m the public service shall take place, or whether more taxation, already loomin the djstance s shal} bp heaped up; m, order, that a favored class of Civil Service, barnacles .shall continue 'to draw princely incomes. It is evident from the discussion m Committee of Supply that nothing further can be accomplished with the Estimates, a,ndj the sooner they a,re. disposed of $ie

better. When the Estimates are out of the way the House will be m a position to consider a few of the urgent measures yet to come before it, and it will then be left to the new House to evolve something like order from the present political chaos.

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POLITICAL SITUATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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POLITICAL SITUATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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