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ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS.

"'~°'i< : ;■'"'-■■'* ••.i^ 0,T H8,-BDiTOB.'--' -'•' 1 --■"'='".■" .";->"--r----:'l!.:£™» v~ Youp ' correspondent ,N.;{:Satheii^,i tot, no reasonable grounds 1 - --{at assuming that the whole of Mr Hutchi- .' Bona supporters would, in the event of that -?"-■ gentleman's retirement from the contest, " have voted for the Government candidate,' .' Mr Gourley. Nay, the. almost certain - re- -- suit would have been that a large number "■■'■> of ah'ose who voted fori! r, Hutchison wouldV-.j either have abstained; from voting at all or *, -, .tave cast their votes in favor of the Oppo&i -l'[[!, | tion candidate. Your . correspondent hai." prjpbably not figured ,]out\, how \. many off the.,votes., of Mr [, Hutchison's": sup- :'\.. porters would, have „been ,:required -for „. \the" success of either , : Mr,.,' Sligo* or /Mr - (Gourley.' If "he had ,. have found that .while Mi S.ligoi only needed ;526, the Government candidate^would have •required And in fact ;eygry unbiased observer of—the election m.usr be convinced on which Bide the , chances of success lay. It should also be remembered in which way. what is called '..: ■the "block vote" went—a vote that would probably have gone to. whatever candidate - held certain proclivities, no matter whether he had Opposition or Government leanings. . But, sir, as we had a distinct and definite nominee both of the Government and . -Workers' Political Committee, the most " correct way of looking at the result of the election is surely to count all votes not recorded for the one Government .candidate, bb against the Government;; thus we have 7,075 votes against 4,065, or a majority of 3,015 against the Government. ' Your correspondent appears to be one of thoss Who desire to collar the whole of the representation and to usurp the whole of the functions of government in the interests of one section of the people, leaving the rest disfranchished and without representation ; his motto, in fact, being "Confiscation and Spoliation." Heaven save us from the domination of such men! How is it possible for any community to prosper as it should unless all work together for the good of all? It is high time that this sickening • talk about "Tories"and "Liberals"came to an end, for it has top long been used for • captivating the unwary and political novice, . and for fostering the class prejudices of many in our midst.—l am, etc., Libertab. Dunedm, October 18.

TO THR EDITOR. : : l Sib,—By what right has N. Sutherland .the presumption to label as Liberals those who voted for Mr Gourley and Mr Hutchinson, and as Tories those who voted for Mr Sligo? This gratuitous labelling process is developing into a curse in our modern politics. It is simply encouraging men, irrespective of their real opinions, to subscribe belief to any mortal theory that will gain for them a reputation and votes.. A man may be a monopolist, may be an adept at lining hia own pockets, but, forsooth, because he expresses his belief in the Seddoh rigime he is a Libera). Lst him, on the other hand, be ever so generous, fair, and of good repute, but an opponent of the present Government, then he is politically condemned as a Tory. Heaven save us from this humbug. Was there never a Liberal measure 'passed till our present rulers stepped into power? As Eliphsz said to Job, so I am minded to say : «' Art thou the first man that was born, or wast thou made before the hills?"

:': Now, the afterthoughts that odour to me regarding the recent eleotion are, ehortly put, as follows 1— "1. That the electors have shown' their .derision to be represented by a man, and hot by a mere mechanical delegate representing only a section of the electorate. '■ 2. That the electors resent the tyranny of : - any self-constituted Committee, who would felter the oommunity, as they fetter their oindidates, to a out-and-dried p litioal creed, which they would enforce, metaphorically, at the point of the bayonet. '"''"' 3. That the electors have affirmed their desire to have measures and policy judged according to the dictates of reason atid 6on« aideration of the best welfare of the people, 7 and not to the dictates of a political party • or in obedience to an autocratic Premier; ;' 4. That the electors do not object to true progressive legislation; but that they certainly do object to political hypocrisy, and demand pure administration.—l am, etc., ™ *■ a . Crux. Dunedin, October 18.

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ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS., Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS. Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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