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DECLINE OF THE LIBERALLIBOR PARTY.

' "" •;. THE REMEDY. NoTTI. [Per favor the Editor of the Ev/otno Stab.] Sib,—ln my previous letter I formulated what I considered the cause of the partial collapse of the Liberal-Labor party.. I will now endeavor to suggest a remedy, which seems simple enough. Firstly, let all those who hold extreme views on any subject (and theyare mostly in the abstract good), instead of causing dissensions in the party ranks (which party are, from the very nature of their ideas, more in consonance with them than the Opposition can possibly be), endeavor bv a free use of the public platform, the disseminating of literature, and other methods to educate the people up to their standard, remembering that'all reforms come slowly, and that; it is folly to t attempt to force new, and often apparently impracticable, ideas on an unwilling public. It is easier to lead than to drive—" ah inoh gained is better than one lost." Secondly, it would be wise policy to follow the example °f our opponents, and form an .association that would embrace all union and non-union electors on one broad Liberal'platform, every Liberal candidate nominated to be balloted for by the full membership of the association, each candidate pledging him-, self to retire in favor, of those receiving the majority of votes, care beiog taken to nominate none but men-of undoubted ability and intelligence, whose moral character and known straightforwardness would ensure general acceptance from the party. It would also be the duty of the executive of the association to see that all eligible were placed on the roll,and the same revised from time, to time, experience having proved that those once struck off rarely trouble themselves to get replaced. If the State undertakes to see the rolls purged after each election, I think they should equally undertake to see all eligible persons replaced on them again, which could be done by the police in like manner as they now compile the jury list. The final cause I named—viz, the Press monopoly can only be. met-by the establishment of an organ, representing the Liberal side, a sine qita non of which must be a better measure of support than was accorded to previous ventures in the same line.

I forgot to mention the Association should undertake the obtaining of platform speeches periodically by. our party representatives, as well as from intending candidates, who by this means would be brought more in touch with the electors, and who in turn would become better acquainted with the merits of those seeking their suffrages. In conclusion, if these letters become the means of infusing more enthusiasm and effecting a system of organisation in our pwty my object will be achieved.—! am, eto -« S. POYKTZ. Mornington, November 10.

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DECLINE OF THE LIBERALLIBOR PARTY., Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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DECLINE OF THE LIBERALLIBOR PARTY. Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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