The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1890.
A certain class of journals m the colony accord to the Atkinson Ministry n,'bald-headed support. That Ministry, although acknowledged throughout the House and country as the most incompetent that ha.'f. ever controlled the destinies of the colony, is held up as the model of everything that is praiseworthy m aditiiuiscnitive Governments We vfirily believe that if the Ministry came clown with a proposal to borrow some more millions, and to impose additional and burdensome taxation, its bald-headed journalistic supporters would eat their own anti-borrowing i words, and justify the proposal 1-;. The journals we refer lo have already turned their coats on the retrenchment question ; and it is the fashion now to belittle the efforts of the Opposition m their endeavor to force the (Government to; continue; 'm the economical course winch the country at the last election demanded should be followed. The retrenclim&t partys at the last election has become the? anti-retrenchment party at this. Re^ trenchmonts recently effected have not' proceeded exactly on the lines ■which the Ministry and its supporters; desired. Highly-paid Civil Servants were to ))e'all(j\ved.to luxuriate iri t&e; fat of the land, and any retrenchments effected were to come oft' the conveniences of the people. That was the Ministerial programme,, but the | House wouldn't have it; and. now the House and the Opposition ar^e stigmatised as obstructionists, and everything else that is likely to bring them into disfavor with the electors. The rials of political wrath are being poured out upon the devoted head of Mr Bal|ance and his followers, whose only offence appears to be that,they have thoronghly exposed the hollowness of the Government professions of economy; Every effort is being made by Ministerialjournals to place a false issue before the electors at, the forthcoming general election ; the Ministry are. seeking to pose as the true economical party, even m. face of the fact that Estimates fort the ensuing year we're brought down brimming over with Civil Service extravagances. What was black three years' ago* is white to-cia}'. But we are ■ much mistaken if the electors have changed their opinions m the interval. Additional taxation has been ; heaped upon the country since the last election, much moVe grievous, than that proposed by the Stout-Yogel Government; and the electors are therefore move coriyinced than, ever of i the pressing need fop rigid and uneom-' promising economy. - The question at the last elections with the country was "Retrenchment," and the feeling, instead of dying out, has became intensified. The country, like the late House, will take retrenchment from any political party, and the--party that «m accomplish it without injuring the efficiency of the'piiblic services will meet with the most favour on the approaching polling day. In v this, particular the electors diffiir from Ministerial journals—their'policy ia. measuros, not men. The country, to be consistent, must, as at Jast election, vote against the anti-retrenchment party. The taxpayers are indebted to the Opposition party-'in-the House for rejecting £100,000 additional taxation, and saving something like £64,000 per annum on the Estimates during the ( past session. !, .....- ■•