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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1890. GUY FAWKE'S DAY.

The fifth of November m each year is a gala day for street gamins and enthusiastic schoolboys. On that'date a political event m English history— i.e. the attempt by one Guy Fawkes to blow up the English House of Commons—is celebrated by British children carrying round a dummy figures representing a conspirator, and exposing it to insult and contumely, and finally either tearing it to pieces, or making a bonfire of the combustible material of which it is composed. This juvenile celebration is not without an educational value, ludicrous as the ceremony may appear, as it tends to keop alive m children of the British race a wholesome detestation of conspirators of all kinds—a feeling which often lasts through the remainder of life. The coming sth of November, however, m New Zealand will have an interest, attached to it for adults as well as children, as, by a strange fatality, the Government have hit upon that illomened date for the issue of writs for the new election. This circumstance would, perhaps, have passed unheeded, 1 were it not that there is an affinity between the action of the Government m regard to the elections and the executive agent of the band of conspirators connected with the gunpowder plot. The members of the Cabinet pledged themselves to the House and country to hold the elections early m November, but, without consulting either the majority of members of the House or the country, postponed the'date for a month, thereby ensuring to themselves pay and power for a month longer than was intended. The difference between the Guy Fawkes conspirators and Cabinet conspirators is therefore this: The one was a conspiracy against the State, the other a conspiracy of the State against the people. The one was an illegal, the other a legal act. Guy Fawkes and his confederates, mistaken though they no doubt were m the attempt at wholesale butchery of the State's legislators, were actuated by a desire, not to benefit themselves directly, but to relieve their country of a body of politicians who they believed were oppressing the people. The Cabinet have no such excuse as this—theirs is a conspiracy to secure place and pay m opposition to all recognised principles of political honour and m direct opposition to the will of the people as expressed through their representatives. It is true the Government conspiracy did not go the length of taking the life-blood of the people—it stopped short at petty larency; but it was a conspiracy al! the same, and as such will be, remembered m New Zealand political history to the shame and confusion of the Atkinson Cabinet of 1887----90. Young New Zealander.?, like the children of other British settlements, are not behindhand m showing their detestation and abhorence of the coldblooded Gu tipowder Plotconspiracy, and they might, we think, with public advantage on the forthcoming fifth of November add a new attraction to a time-honoured old English custom by carrying round, m company with Guy b'awkes, a dummy representing the Cabinet of New Zealand m 1890—a Cabinet without a particle of political honour, or the smallest possible; modicum of political ability. Meantime let us hope that this last act of an icoinpet.'nt Ministry will cause the electors to enter into a counter-conspiracy, and, by means of the ballot-box, blow the mijorityof the Cabinet and Government supporters into perpetual retirement.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1890. GUY FAWKE'S DAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1890. GUY FAWKE'S DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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