Dukbdin, November 3. Sir Robert Stout, in declining a largelysigned requisition to stand for a city seat, says he regrets for many reasons, unnecessary to specify, that he cannot comply with the request. He hoped, hbwever, he may be of some service to the Liberal cause ; though uofc a member of Parliament, and by this course may perhaps avoid aspersions cast upon him when in office by some leading newspapers, apparently with the approval of * section of the Dunedin electorate, that liis object in taking part in public life •was personal gain. He added: "The convictions I held in 1887 have been strengthened by what has transpired mnc^, and I am convinced that a policy limed on the lines I indicated at last general elections will have to be adopted before we can see genuine progress in <onr land, Ido not suppose the colony is ripe for such » policy, and Parliament cannot go far in advance of public opinion. So far, however, as I am concerned, I •will continue to act in the future as I Kiive done in the past—doing what I can to- help forward the best interests of the colony by an adherence to those principles ■which the Liberal Party have laid down as » political platform, and which alone 4»n, in my opinion, bring us peace prosperity."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2560, 3 November 1890
ELECTION NOTES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2560, 3 November 1890
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