THE MASSEY GOVERNMENT.
TO THE EDITOU. sjj r ,—Mr Alien may bo -atisfiod with himself and his party regarding their share in rucont events, but if »o this satisfaction is not shared by the great hulk of the community. Hi-- "speech (or, rather, its to.nei reminds one of the small boy calling (•> his comrade* "'Come and have a look what I've, got." His claim to have accomplished a unique performance in despatching the Samoan and Expeditionary i''orccis laughable to those who remember wlnt was nccomjilished by the p.-irty in power during the Boer War. >.m-h claims as hiput forward can only influence those who. though voters now. were too young to lake a critical intercut in the v. mi; carried out, by Mr Seddon and 1ji ~ colleague-, lie boosts about lii.i offer of an Expedii ior.ary Force when in London. Docs my moniory fail me, or did not Mr Allen nod the M.i - spy party generally condemn unsparingly the action of sjir JoM-ph Ward in a Dreadnought in the name of the peopleOf New Zealand at a period when the international sky was badly overcast ? I hoire to hear Mr Allen and the Duucdin members of his party square their action in this, matter with their present jubilation. The absolute ineptitude of the Government in matter? of naval, militaiy, and domestic defence affairs shows up ab every turn. According to Mr the German warships were within three days' steam of New Zealand. Had they come on. what would have, been the result? Our Territorials have no mobilisation scheme to follow in ease of attack, and should a force be lauded suddenly our men would bo minus ammunition and organisation with which to meet the enemy. We have some of the latter within our pates, yet the Ministry claim that they can do nothing. Contrasted with the energetic actions of the Commonwealth authorities, their helpless inactivity is pitiable to witness. It is, indeed, well for us that we can shelter under the power of the Australian navy units. '• What about the local navy?" boastfully exclaimed Mr Allen. Had the Seharnhorst come along he would not need to ask the question, as it would have ceased to ex:ist. The officers and seamen of the Psyche and Philomel would doubtless have died as British seamen always do, but, like the Monmouth and Good Hope, they would have been outranged and defeated. Mr Allen says : "We made them fthe Admiralty) an offer of nn additional £50,000 for cruisers of a -certain type." If lie and his party really beloved' that such a cruiser was necessary to our pintection, why did they not force matter:; to an i.«ue, and get what thev behrrtd to be necessary?
In regard to domestic affairs their helplessness has been -|uitp as glaring. The price nf goods kept going up. and they did—what? They appointed a'Consmission, and meanwhile and since the commercial gentry have bean realising greatly increased profits from the working men and women of the colony, while .Massey and Co. looked on and smiled riie Home Government have a war tax on income. Mr Massey is avoiding tho evil day, and hie action presumably lnfs tha endorsement of his colleague's and followers in Parliament. When the. war tax do« 6 come, workers may depend that it will be raised through the Customs. We will have to pay it who can least afford to do ho, in exactly the same degteo. as the richest member of the community. Meanwhile, the mercantile community* will add tlie extra cost to the price, of the commo- | dity. plus a little extra for their trouble, i ana wax fat accordingly. To every working man and woman, whether they earn j their bread by labor manual or otherwiee, this burden will come eo fuvely as the present party are loft in power." Let all the electors read Mr Allen's speech carefully, mo through its shallow pretentiousness, and make up their minus to do away with a Government who have proved themselves .so entirely helpless in a time of national ytril and domestic trouble.—l aon, «&B» I I£?Trsm* Xpbtti. l v November I?»
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THE MASSEY GOVERNMENT., Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914