The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 1890.
The end of the present session of Parliament will be welcomed by nl most every elector m the colony. Neither Government nor Opposition command a working majority m the Rouse, and useful legislation is therefore out of the question. Parliamentary work has been brought to a standstill, and both parties have adopted a sensible course m corning to an understanding, the object of which is to bring the session to a speedy termination. Only pressing measures were to be dealt with, and these wera to be despatched with the utmost speed. Unfortunately, m a disorganised House, m which party lines are ill-defined, the rank and file of both Ministerial and Opposition parties can do as they please ; and this appears to be very much the case at present. On the eve of a new election a few versatile members think it not out of place to bring themselves prominently before the country and their constituents by speaking through the Press reports and the pages of " Hansard." These members are entirely beyond the control of the leader of the Opposition or the acting-Premier, and can do much as they like. They are taking full advantage of the liberty thus given, and talk, talk, talk incessantly upon anything and everything brought forward. Owing to this obstruction on the part of a minority of both parties the compact between the Government to bring the session to an early close, and go to the country, cannot be carried out. For this obstruction neither Government nor Opposition can be held responsible, but the circumstance serves to show the utter disorganisation of parties, and the urgent necessity that exists for an appeal to the country. If the government of the colony is to be conducted on party lines, it is the bounden duty of each member to faithfully carry out the compact entered into by the respective chiefs ; but this is not the case m the present House, and never will be so while the present moribund Parliament is m session. If, on the other hand, Party Government is to be burlesqued m New Zealand, the sooner an improved system is introduced the better. A few obstructionists can at present bid the country, the Government, and the Opposition alike defiance, and the country will never have good Government while this lasts. Therefore, whatever changes the new election may bring, it is to be hoped one will be the return of men pledged to bring about greater unanimity m the conduct of the public business, either by the return of out-and-out party men or men pledged to abolish party altogether, and who will legislate for the welfare of the colony as a whole. In any case the elections cannot result m the return of a House more at sixes and sevens than the present Assembly.