THE ASHBURTON SEAT.
It is an old saying that.'"it never rains but it pours " and as an instance may be cited the plethora of candidates for the Ashburton seat. Some time ago it was known that there were four nominations for thp Electoral Stakes, but rumor for; some time past has pointed to one or more '* dark horses " to be brought out at the last moment. Within £he past few days one of these has been named, and it is(i hinted that there are yet two., perhaps three others, s,o that it would seem there, vfi\\ be sis pr maybe sjeven starters. To drop the racing simije, let us name the candidates already announced or, it is said, shortly to be announced. These, then, are the late member, Mr Walker \ a former member of,the House, Mr E. G. Wright; Mf Q, W, PurnelJ, Mr J. Brown, Mr, H. M,'|q^ $f> J. W. Bawle and Mr Leggett, wl% 4, goa^bility of j yet another or "two. Wedo not kfyqw why it should be so, but the J^hburton Stakes seems to be regarded asjthe t*iue ribbon of the Parliamentary turf, airfihe elects pf this district should cejl^inly ' feel complimtMated by the eager competition for the hong? of representing them. It is too early as 7$ $9 ,^t« mpt tp fojrw »u^ ojriniQp as
to the result, inasmuch aa of all the gentlemen named, though five have declared themselves as candidates, only three have as yet informed the electors as to the platform on which they stand; so far as Mr Wright is concerned the local Show and the Christchurch Show and Races having made it necessary for him to postpone his address until after, this week, and Mr Jones having probably determined to wait a few days for the like reason. As regards Mr Walker there is no doubt whatever as to his political position. He stands as an opponent of the present Government, and as a supporter of Liberal principles to which he has always been a faithful adherent and as regards Mr Brown there can be no doubt, judging from his speech, that when called upon to elect which side he will support he would, if returned, elect to go under the banner of the party at present m power. Mr Wright, however, is we venture to think the late member's most formidable opponent. He has a good public record, and is known as a man of great business ability, and the declaration of his political platform is looked forward to with much interest. There are those who look for his declaring himself a Ministerialist, but we shall be surprised if thig prove to be the case, and anticipate that he will announce himself as an independent 1 candidate,. declaring for certain principles and claiming the right to support whatever political combination may m his opinion be most likely to carry those principles into effect. Mr Purnell is openly and avowedly a supporter of. the present Ministry. He has no faith whatever m the Opposition, and has all the makings of a first-class party man. He would be an acquisition to any party, because thorough and earnest. He does not shilly-shally a bit, and will no doubt receive a large measure of support from the Conservative section of the electors. What Mr Jones' principles are we have yet to learn, but we imagine that it will be found that Prohibition will be one of his leading planks, and so also probably will it be with Mr Sawle should he come forward; while if Mr Leggett stands it will probably ,be m the interests of Unionism. How far these latter issues may divide the electors and affect the result it is quite impossible to predicate, and it is a matter for regret that all pvor the Colony the position is so complicated by side issues that anything liks a fair expression of public opinion as to the main issue, namely, as to which political party has the country's confidence is not likely to be obtained. [Since the foregoing was written we have been informed that Mr Sawle has been chosen as the candidate of the Ashburtoh Political Association, and will stand as the advocate of a Land and Income tax, Prohibition, and the interests of Labor, Mr Jones retiring m his favor. The announced candidates are thus —Messrs Walker, Wright, Purnell, Brown and Sawle, with a possibility of yet one or two more.]
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THE ASHBURTON SEAT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2561, 4 November 1890
THE ASHBURTON SEAT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2561, 4 November 1890
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