THE CITY ELECTION.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— The question asked by “ Education ” in last night’s issue—Will Mr Gourlev bs in favor of giving aid to Catholic schools ? —requires a straight answer, as it is widely asserted that he is, and is promised the great majority of the Catholic votes in consequence. If such is the case he cannot be a supporter of national education. Mr Sligo does not profess to wish to represent any section of the community, but he will no doubt give a satisfactory answer to the question asked by “ Unity ” as to what sympathy he (Mr Sligo) can have with working men and women. The Political Workers’ Committee have done themselves a bad turn ,in throwing over Mr Hutchison, who has always been an able and consistent supporter of the rights of all workers.—l am, 8tc -> Worker. Dunedin, October 5.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —I was very much amused at reading Elector’s”, letter. He is troubled about Mr Hutchison’s _ mental attitude towards the "Workers’ Political Committe. The unions have never been consulted on the question as to the selection, It is well known that the candidate was practically* selected some days prior to the matter coming before the Workers’ Political Committee. True to their . instincts, those political workers set to work, and by' every possible trick known to them they prevented all nominations other than their own candidate from going before the Workers’ Political Committee, and where that was impossible the candidate’s nominations were hedged round with conditions that no candidate with any sense could accept. The result was inevitable. Mr Gourley’s nomination was the only one out of four placed before the Committee and declared to be legal. Therefore the selection was narrowed down to one and that one is now out on the so-called Labor ticket, and, as he had conscientious scruples concerning the moral aspect of the temperance question, the whole clause relating to temperance and the control of the liquor traffic was swept away from the Workers’ Political Committee at the same meeting which selected Mr Gourley. That was done without referring the question to the unions.' Now liquor and labor run hand in hand. Aliquor-lahor clique has captured the Committee, and the workers are es helpless ns babes. They must stand by and see the ticket that should be theirs degraded by defeat, or sink their moral sentiments and vote for one who had always stood in opposition to the labor ticket and has no claim whatever on the wage-earners. Mr Hutchison, on the other hand, has faithfully kept any pledges given to the workers, and would probably have signed the same pledge again in a fair Held I am, etc., Stevedore. Dunedin, October 5.
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THE CITY ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 10439, 7 October 1897