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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1889.

The Representation Bill has at last got into committee, the Tryinir to stonewalling having col""skins!"' lapsed. Not that the difficulties connected with the measure are all over. No compromise has yet been efleeted, and the majority of the country party seem as determined as ever to stand out for the ?>'M. percentage. The situation thus does not wear a very promising aspect. Sir Gkorgk Guky has intervened, more suo, with an amendment. It is to the effect that the present Dill shall simply suspend the operation of the Representation Act of 1887, and provides that no elector should have more than one vote. Sir Gkorgk is not against the reduction of the number of members; he has, in fact, long been in favor of this step, though he appears to think that the subject has not been fully or conclusively considered by the constituencies. He would therefore allow it to be submitted to the country at the next general election under the principle of single voting. This proposal, if adopted, would certainly also suspend the present controversy, but it would not settle it; and it is rather difficult to see why the settlement should be postponed for two years. The Government, moreover, are pledged to carry out the Act of 1887. 'Unless, then, their majority fails them, there is no probability of Sir George Grey's amendment being carried. It is shrewdly suspected, however, that dislike of reduction has a great deal to do with the present embroglio, and there is no saying what a discontented and disorganised House might be tempted to do. Happily, the Government would not be denied an appeal to the country if an amendment were carried rescinding the Act of 1887. It is, indeed, said that the constituencies are also beginning to think that a mistake was committed in reducing the number of members. There can be little doubt that a good many of the members themselves are of this opinion. Some of them have openly recanted ; but we believe there is no reason to doubt that the electors would vote against reduction. The signs of such a reaction are, at least, visible. The public, on the contrary, appeal' to be thoroughly convinced that the decision of the House in 1887 will tend to promote economy and good government—- ! uot merely the saving of so many honorariums, as it is sometimes put, but the saving of a great amount of expenditure for purely political purposes. The probability is that a | majority of members will not risk offending their constituencies by voting either for the suspension or the repeal of the Act of J 887. Their discontent will be confined to specific objections to the Representation Bilk Present appearances would sfttsm to indicate that tho controversy with regard to the quota will be continued, though thp, disapproval of the country, which soon tires of deadlocks and stonewalling, will no doubt suggest to both sides the ne<ie£«ity of a compromise.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1889., Evening Star, Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1889. Evening Star, Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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