The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY. MAY 21, 1915. COALITION GOVERNMENTS IN WAR TIME.
The re construction of the British Cabinet to form a National Government will be welcomed by. every British subject as a wise and statesmanlike proportion, as it will be recognised that great Briton- statesmen bave been too heavily taxed with responsibility ainse the war began, while their political opponents, though actively engaged in giving every assis jtance, bave not participated in tbe actual responsibilities of great Imperial importance When the Empire' is fighting : for its existence, tbg nation should not be deprived of any of its great slateemen who can help guide the nation through times of such great distress. .When the war first started party politics were abolished for the time being, both in the Home and ilorriniorg Parliaments, as it was irapn=<?ihta t 0 continue internal question* tho nation was freed with national peril. Since that time tbe different governments in power have bad Hie aaqist,Krjr>f> 0 f their opposition politicians as far as it could he rendered. Hnt coalition means the acquiring of tbe best of our great statesmen to guide our destinies I regardless of party. No doubt the [parliaments of the self-governing dominions of the Empire will f""ow enit, go that our national policy will be strengthened, wbil e the statesmen of the governmenß •in iower will have around them men who will astpisfc them to the very best ndvnntnge for tbe Empire as a whole. In New Zealand the Cabinet has been overtaxed with matters of tbe greatest importance caused by the existence of tbe great conflict, and the Prime Minister and the .Hon. Jas. Allen (Minister of Defence), according to report, have been over burdened. Tbe despatching of troops, and the or ganisation of hospitalp, the provision for shipment of frozen meat, and many other matters of vital import ance are thrust on to the shoulders of the meu in power besides their or dinary departmental duties. A coalition of thß two parlies would, perhaps ease the present strain upon the •Cabinet, while it would provide the most efficient statesmen to control our country's problems. In these times of stress.every movement to consolidate party and sect for the general good of the Empire is heartily welcomed