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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10448, 19 October 1897
4Fkom Ooe Pakuambntab* Reporter,]
; October 19. - - .:';"Tbe Police-Administration* •; ~ - .Police-Commissioner Tunbridge arrived", yesterday by the lonio from London.- He is '-:. a handsome, military-looking 'man, in the prime .of life. : It is understood that aeon--saltation will take ■ place between the - Premier, the Minister of Justice, and Inspector, Tunbridge with reference to the personml ■ and organisation of the force and the question of the necessity for tbo proposal of a.com-, - niittee of inquiry.. It is unlikely, how- > ever,-that members of the House, many : - ; of whom are: Ministerial supporters, ..will .;,;"+;■ rest satisfied with anything: short of, a. L-' : ' searching inquiry.;; In "that" case, as .' pointed out by a leading member of the House, the opportune arrival of ; Inspector Tunbridge will,furnish-a.bridge of escape for Ministers from a dangerous posi- - tion. .It is pretty safe to predict-that tb? Commißsioner,followingtheoommoniMtlnotß „ bF.military men and polieemen, willj-lje ■ strongly opposed to an inquiry by a edriTnUi. .'.'.' tee, who are often subject to extranepW'in* . fluences, and whose xeport. is sometimeis a; . mere, compromise -or indecisive. Thus '. Ministers will be furnished with a good, excuse to appeal to. the House, to leave! Inspector Tunbridge a free hand, and not to.put difficulties in his way at the outset; and .from one or two hints -which., come from an official souroe I have reason to believe that this will be the attitude which the Government will assume in this matter. However, nothing . definite will be known until after the consultation refened to. ■ -
.'", .Xord-Glasgow and His Advisers. Some further information has been gleaned from a reliable source as to the despatches which are to be'laid on the table of the House probably to-day. Qne of them'is a-. communication by the Earl of Glasgow to the Secretary of State for the Colonies commenting in strong terms on the appointment to the Legislative Council of Maior Harris and of Messrs Pinkerton and W. Kelly, defeated candidates at the last General Elections. It is stated that in reply to a memo, on the subject addressed by the late Governor to Mr Seddon the latter sent a strongly-worded reply justifying the action of the Ministry in recommending these appointments to the Council, and indicating a certain course which would be taken in the event of His Excellency put-s ting any obstacles in the way. During Mr Seddon's absence in Australia the Governor wrote another memo, to the Premier,' which Mr Cadman answered, but it is alleged that this was ignored by Lord Glasgow, presumably on the ground that it did not I emanate from the actual Premier. In | another despatch Lord Glasgow, in advising : the Colonial Office that he had accepted the Hon. Mr Ward's resignation as one of his Advisers, added that the resignation was due to severe strictures by Mr Justice Williams on the ex-Treasurer's commercial relations. Mr Seddon replied that this was a gratuitous and uncalled-for statement. These despatches are said to have been found in a pigeon-hole at Government House after Lord Glasgow's departure, when.the Premier on his return asked for copies in order to have them printed. , .
The Fairs Squabble. In reply to Mr Massey's letter, published in Saturday's 'Posts'/declaring that he, as Opposition whip, would refuse to give any further pairs until ample apology is tendered for accusations of breaking pairs, Mr Mills, thesenior Government whip, inserts the "following ironical reply in last night's .^Post':—' W. F. Massey, Esq., senior Opposition whip.— Dear sir,—l should be very sorry and grieved to think that you could have wilfully been guilty of such a dishonorable action as to break any pairs after you had once allowed me to record them, and let two hon. members leave for Westport fully confident that they were covered, and I can therefore only attribute the unpleasant occurrence to a lapse of memory on your rart. However, itfhen you have made the ample apology referred to in your note I will then consider what our relation must be with regard to accepting any future pairs between the parties.—Yours faith, fully, C. H. Mills, senior Government whip.
Mr Meredith, representing the deputation that waited last week on the Hon. T. Thompson, has had an interview with tho Premier on the subject of the proposed police inquiry. The result is, I understand, that the Premier will at once state to the House the course he purposes following, « which is to place all the complaints before Commissioner Tunbridge, and leave that officer a free hand to purge the force of pb« jectionahle elements and reorganise it on a sound basis. This pplioy will, I am informed, satisfy, a number of members, but others take an irreooncilable attitude. There )*b a strong feeling of resentment at the hint to make the police question one of no confidence in the Ministry, and it will require all the Premier's taot to prevent an open rupture. The malcontent Liberals seem determined to move for a commission of inquiry, their fear being that if they fall - to do so a resolution will be proposed by the Opposition, which they would be bound by theitvpledges to support.
Tbo financial Debate, It is understood that the debate on the Financial Statement will begin to-night, barring accidents. The Police Commissioner. Mr Tunbridge declines to be interviewed by the Press. He visits Auckland shortly with Colonel Hume, who is initiating him into the condition and organisation of the Police Department. A <tncstlou or Privilege. On the House assembling this afternoon, Mr Fra3er (Wakatipu) moved that the subleader in the ' New Zealand Timeß' having reference to the breaking of pairs constituted a breach of the privileges of the House. He said that Mr Montgomery, member for Ellesmere, was an auditor when he (Mr Fraser) refused absolutely to give a pair to the member for Buller on Friday night; also that Mr Massey, the chief Opposition whip, refused to give the member for Buller a pair until after the division had" been taken.— The Premier said that he was as certain as any man could be that Mr Mills would never have entered Messrs Fraser and Lethbridge's names in the pair book unless the pairs had been agreed tp.— What promises to be an aorimonious debate is now proceeding.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10448, 19 October 1897
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