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Mr Loughrey received a vote of renewed confidence from the Linwood electors last night. In criticising the Hon. Mr Fergus’s Queenstown speech, the ‘Lyttelton Times,’ which is an out-and-out Opposition organ, says“ Mr Fergus had a good opportunity at Queenstown, and he made good use of it. It is not many years since he was plodding away amongst the men whom he now represents, not dreaming of advancement, and now that he has climbed the ladder hardily ho stands to-day in a position of honor and prosperity which he has most fairly won. Returning amongst his friends with whom his political fortunes have beenalways identified, he finds them his friends still. In the moment of such a greeting many men would have yielded to the temptation to be triumphant, egotistical, and politically warped. Mr Fergus made a better use of his opportunity. His speech to his constituents was unquestionably the speech of ,a sensible man, a moderate politician, and a Minister loyal to his colleagues,” It disapproves of the introduction of the Hare system, but agrees that if any change is to be made in the constitution of the Legislative Council, the principle advocated by Mr Fergus—viz., selection by the House of Representatives—is the best alternative that has as yet been proposed. As the charitable aid question requires reform, our contemporary recognises with satisfaction the Ministerial intention to attack it, On the whole, the Ministerial programme unfolded is brief, and, in spite of its brevity, a little too long.

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PRE-SESSIONAL., Issue 7927, 7 June 1889

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PRE-SESSIONAL. Issue 7927, 7 June 1889

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