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MR. BENNETT RETIRES

REASONS OUTLINED

'INTERESTS SACRIFICED'

Mr. H. D. Bennett, who some days ago announced his intention o* contesting the Hutt by-election as an Independent, will not now take part in the contest. Mr. Bennett has decided to withdraw from the fight in order to leavo the way as clear as possible for an anti-Labour victory.

Discussing the position with a "Post" reporter to-day, Mr. Bennett said that although his own personal interests had to be sacrificed to the same gods which had claimed them on other occasions^ his retirement was due to an appreciation of the true political import attached to this contest. Circumstances could not have been ordered more suitable to the plans of the Socialist Party. In parallel the same conditions provided no stronger case for a deliverance of the people from the shackles of three party warfare. .

"A session notable only because of humiliating compromises has just ended," said Mr. Bennett. "Members have returned all at sixes and sevens. Tho Government if it does not lose Hutt will lose a" Cabinet Minister. The Prime Minister, war-horse though ho is, must surely ask to be relieved now that his health is not so good again. One cannot wonder, therefore, at Mr. Holland's statement that another General Election is not far off. Quite likely. I am prepared'to venture further into the confidence of the public and say that with the Hutt scat.to Labour, the next General Election might easily be with Mr. Holland in office as Prime Minister? Let political students put on their thinking caps and think of the number of members in the- present House with 'no strong party ties,' of the Fletcher type. "I do not wish to say any more at present. The country calls upon the existing organisations to place national interests first. The Hutt electorate is not the place and the present is not the time for political vanity. Let either Mr. Kerr or Mr. Johnston dispute the issue single-handed."

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MR. BENNETT RETIRES, Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 127, 25 November 1929

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MR. BENNETT RETIRES Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 127, 25 November 1929

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