The Akaroa Mail, FRIDAY DECEMBER 18, 1914. THE POLITICAL SITUATION.
Nkver in the hiatory of New Zealand politics has such a curious situation arisen as that existing at the present time With the return of Dr McNab for Hawke's Bay there are 40 members pledged to support the Government, against 33 Wardista and 7 uabour candidates It practically mt-ans that the parties are even, ac the seven Labour candidates are bound not to support Mr Massey The latest development 13 an attempt by the Liberals to capture Mr Hau Tenare.f Maori member for the North Inland. The Government members claim that they nominaced Mr Henare and supported him right through, and Govern men , ; supporters declare Mr Henare will remain staunch. In any case, even if such a tbing happened as the [ desertion of Mr Heuare, Sir Joseph Ward could not come home with a majority of one owing to the necessity of an election for the Speaker, which will again reduce the parties to a level It is early days to predict the exact position of the parties, as in other electorates the recount may upget Opposition members. Failing any al teration another election seems inevitable, and it is more than likely Mr Maesey will call Parliament together fairly scon, and have a test division to"be"sure" of the strength of the parties. If a deadlock occur 3, then the only way out seems to be a fresh election. It bae been suggested that Mr Massey may keep on till June in any case, but that seems hardly likely. A""new election can not be left 'so
late, as the business of the country wouid be hampered, and it is not like Mr Massey to hang on to office with the chance of having the otber party declare his position ia an unten. able one, In a few days' time the comet results will be known, and the Government will announce their plan of action.
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The Akaroa Mail, FRIDAY DECEMBER 18, 1914. THE POLITICAL SITUATION.,
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3462, 18 December 1914