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OUR DREADNOUGHT.

pOX&* x & TION. ~_Own Correspondent) iel«?«l*-- own W^^SncTto the' 5* Dreadnought g.fc he " U1 ,£ t!ia t some of the S^rvttSerofthcOp- b--s»£S- therewith were a sumption fa conveyed £sr ; statement," he said, & pressure from the the subsidy t„ '3 EneBI /that it was not till Pep"t??he matter was ilea,,: s>ct » n entirely erroneous that I before i"** * letter sent through the # m \l the British Government. ti te observed, is more taan &*£X* &c date named hy I will quote the first to the sum of Z ?iTr annum after October _1. "TaS is so fixed in order to pre of ratifying ■fiEflEk order to shotr jgS of the contribution by & ,t to -""100,000 was conveyed C Government six months wjtefcte when Mr. Massey s ays: I M the' Prim« -Minister mention it flfr V=sev) called attention "^Lam the Prime Minister said • -Udell with it in a clause in the t3i& Bill/ The point of wheIfeWttofity washy separate hill II taropriation Bill is not of mateSt, so long as the increase by 1- of ftniament was obtained, and ,fe was toe sis months alter the offiM tennation had heen conveyed tie Governor to the British Go- • itaaffli. .. „ ~-?) JfevMassey proiesses himself as i'~intdj astounded to find that the fcOTwni decided --o offer a battleship. „ tio h" necessary, as .icing undercoat*. He is, as a matter of course, enadlo his own opinion. I, however. t« tie following opinion from a gent leer, cue of tie highest legal authorities b""ct Zealand, who has always been a BMgnised opponent of the Government lull supporter of the Opposition, both j'ei in Parliament and out of it. and ii, views upon this point, under date "tilth 23 last-, will, I think, he recognised ii oi greater value than that of Mr. llassey. Tour Government, in recogiring our duty, had spoken for every colonist who thinks of the past and of tie future, and not only ol the bare presni time. This is a token that at least one man who opposes your local policy unci administration is as proiuMs if his ovin friends had had the opportunity and as ready in every way to support the Government's promise to England. If all parties cannot recognise that in such matters as this you are put in power to spuk for the whole country and whole people, then they do not appreciate the ileory of our constitutional law. Paresmt may refuse to ratify the Executive's action, jnst as it may refuse an Act 8 indemnity where the Executive has npressed rebellion hy martial law. hut tk Executive, ii it is worth its salt, must isaac the right, as well as the power. ' In emergency, and take the responsSty. Parliament has always confeed, and always will.' So that it is rail Mr. Masseys while at least to pc some attention to the deliberate apresed opinion of a legal gentleman £.*ta4frbd whom I know he fr 15 iighest respect, and I put «S genJeman's views against Mr Mas- «_! opinion expressed adversely to the Vm or the Government bl^l^ ey sa - T5: ' Jt was "'ell making the announcem Sir Joseph - Yard communicated of the principal papers. Unnecessary to do that it w-as *tai of the people.' This „ t lte - « I also regret to say is aWutclv W6«J;,to -fact, tint of all, I did not gW» trith the editors of th re T^ ng the "cement, *&ii ' °° nSUIt a " <~litor hffi 3 iv any porJtijiam to the editors of the Press «««««. but S™ ! «to>T bon u m that confidential character." M J"** of .Mr. Massey-s statement

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OUR DREADNOUGHT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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