THE PARLIAMENTARY DEADLOCK.
The extraordinary and disgraceful waste of time in our Parliament de-sei-ves and demands the severest reprehension of the Press and the condemnation of the public. Never before, even in times when Parliamentary feuds were rampant and factious folly was in the ascendant, has there been such a weary, wasteful, and unprofitable session. From first to last there has been a wordy warfare, without results. Measure after measure has been abandoned because of the ruthless opposition senselessly shown to it. It may be well asked Whose fault is it that this state of things exists ? The Government cannot be entirely acquitted, for notwithstanding the " big boots " with which Sir Harry Atkinson is credited or charged with wearing, he certainly has submitted to several and sundry rebuffs with admirable meekness. The Leader of the Opposition, on the other side of the House, appears to have no grasp of the position, nor any control over his assumed followers. His following is, indeed, nominal, shadowy, and altogethor vaporous. Some thirty members p-oliess to acknowledge Mr Ballanck as their leader; but, when he calls upon them to follow, they appear to scout his pretentions with disdain. They will only follow when he goes in the Avay they desire him to travel. When he diverges ever so little they candidly go their own way, and land him in a minority. It leally cannot be said that the Leader of the Government is in a much better position. His supporters vote against the Ministerial policy Bills, and reject any other measures not entirely to their minds; and generally the whole House acts as an unruly mob. There are no parties, and no practice of Government on either side, and the outcome is political chaos. The country meanwhile suffers ; and it is quite time that the country should protest in significant terms against the frivolous conduct, of their so-called representatives. It has been alleged—perhaps with some shadow of truth—that there are too many new men in the House; and certainly Young New Zealand has not shown up very well. But all things must have an ending, and the present Parliament furnishes no exception to the rule. The electors should keep in mind the men who have perverted their functions and largely assisted to make the hitherto respectable New Zealand Parliament " a by-word and a name of scorn." There will, fortunately, be twenty-four of these gentry who never can by any possibility return to Wellington. Our advice to the electors is to put in the workers and keep out the talkers. Then, perhaps, we may once more have a strong Government and a potential Opposition, without both of which Parliamentary government cannot be effectively carried on.
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THE PARLIAMENTARY DEADLOCK., Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889
THE PARLIAMENTARY DEADLOCK. Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889
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