The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1890. POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS.
The sweets of oflfice are very dear to tho Atkinson Ministry. No sacrifice has been considered too great to make if thereby office and emolument could ■be retained. Political principles have been thrown to the winds m order to retain possession of the Benches. The political professions of one day have been retracted the next if by so doing a few votes could be secured. But with all their faults and failings did not think the Ministry would be guilty of a direct breach of faith— involving personal honor—m the endeavor to secure a paltry month's lease of office. Such is, however, the case, as, although solemnly pledged to the House to hold the elections not later than the sth of November, the date has been altered, on the pretext of purging the rolls, to the sth December. The promise was deliberately given, and deliberately broken. Some members of the Cabinet evidently experienced a twinge of conscience at the suggestion to break a pledge given and accepted m the utmost good faith. Several Cabinet meetings were held before unanimity could be obtained; but the temptation proved too strong, and the struggle between honor and personal gain—as is too often the case—resulted m the sacrifice of the former. The gain is, nevertheless, !,only a transient one, for the hope that extra time would blot out the remembrance of Ministerial trangressions is a delusion. Already the country is asking itself what reliance can be placed upon the word or pledges of a Government who can act like this 1 Unpopular before this last vascillating act, the Ministry are much uore so now, and the longer the people think over the matter the stronger will be the condemnation of an act which has no parallel m the public history of the colony. If the word of honor of the Ministry to tho House is worthless, it is also worthless to the country. The members of a Cabinet who can commit a breach of faith such as that now placed to the record of tlie Atkinson Ministry do not deserve to be agr.in placed m a position of public honor and trust; and we shall be much mistaken if this is not the verdict of the country when the poll is declared.
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1890. POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2545, 16 October 1890