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POLITICAL GOOSIP.

(From Our Parliamentary Reporter.]

WELLINGTON, July 20. ministers anil the Majority. Concerning the attitude of tho Ministry in connection with tho Representation Bill, tho following remarks from the ' Evening Poßt' are worth conning over:—"The Ministry may be desoribed as being in a position of object submission to the country party. The latter are in a majority, and Ministers tremble before them, and are obsequiously alert to obey thoir behests however unjust or unprincipled these may be. We believe that if Mr Maoarthur were to demand tho heads of all the city members io be laid upon the table, the Premier would do his utmost to comply with the request. No one knows better than the Premier how unjust and politically immoral are thi r!emaDds of tho country party, but no trifling consideration of this kind is of course to be weighed against the retention of office. Ministers are, however, aiding to place iu the hands of the country party a power which will in tho end be used against them, and wr.cn they seek sympathy or support from tho town members, as they may have to do sooner than T hey possibly expect, they will seek it in vain." False Reports. Two iumors havo gained considerable currency heio, but they havo no foundation in fact. Firstly, it has boon stated that Sir John Hall has declined to act as wet-nurfe to tho Minibtry. and that, in order to retain hij counsel, be is to receive tho vacant seat in the Cabinet. The other statement is that Sir H. Atkinson has determined to contest one of the Wellington stats at the general election. I believe that it will bo found that botli statements are devoid of truth. The Representation Dill.

The town members are now canvassing as to future action on the Representation Bill. Even should the country party continue their present policy of masterly inactivity, the debate on the second reading of tho measure will latt for some time, as the whole twonty two city and suburban members will speak on its second reading. Thoao who havo gone into the elicct of the Bill upon the constituencies state that the real advantage to the country distriot will bo infinitesimal, because the share of representation which is proposed to be taken from the four chief centres will be mostly divided amongst the small boroughs. At a meeting of the town members this forenoon there were present Messrs Moss (presiding), Jones, Fitchett, Withy, Perceval, Ban on, Fish, Dr Newman, Humphries, Taylor, Sir G. Grey, and T. Thompson. Apologies were received from Messrs Allen, Izard, Menteath, and Downie Stewart, who were eugaged oa committee work, while ten others were accounted for, It was decided to debate the Representation Bill fully, but there is no present intention to obstruct, though every legitimate means will be attempted towards getting certain desirable amendments carried. It is quite on the cards that tho outcome of the representation difficulty will be a motion of want of confidence in the Mmistiy, and several citjr and subui ban members whoarenowreckomdassupportersoftheGovernroent have promised to support it if it is made. M-Balhme will be appreaohed with a view to taking the initiative in the matter.

Too Thin, A round robin protesting against the introduction of foreign politics into New Zealand has been promoted by Sir John Hall, but has only received the signatures of about twenty members. This move has special reference to the approaching visit of the Irish delegates. Another Canard. It is freoly reported in tho lobbies that there has been a split in the Cabinet, and that Messrs Fergus and Hislop i t:nd to retire, but I am authoritatively infoimed that this rumor u entirely foundationleßS.

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POLITICAL GOOSIP., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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POLITICAL GOOSIP. Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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