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Tin: only tw! opposition Mr G. M. Thomson, tho Reform candiDunertin North da to for Duncdin Campaign. North in Parliament, is likely to encounter in his btral&htforwaiil campaign for a renwal of tho support and confidence- which ha has merited during the naat trix years with creditable, if unostentatious, service, will come from that section of tho electors whose policy, as was manifested in the Howe Street Hall last night, is to ignore the individual qualities of any candidate if ho stands for the Government, and for tho maintenance of law and order by (as tliey put it) tho baton. Tho Government's action in breaking tho strike last year—an action that mitet be defended and ap-prak-tid by all fair-minded men and women who recognise that the interests of the community cannot be surrendered even to tho temporary control of a, small band of ' irresponsible Red FedorationUts, who had their first and memorable experience of stiff-backed authority—has become a political gnevanco of supreme importance to irreconsilable opponents o; the Reform party. It is now unnecessary to discuss the' circumstances i which demanded an exerciso of fitm administrative authority. All that, nc-ed 'no- I tsr.id of t-hpt passing pha.se of Reform ad- | ministration is that if tho Government had been as thorough in dealing with all other matters, they would be dorerving of more i support than they are likely to secure, j Curiously enough, tho most hostile tsection of extreme Labor has little to say about \ the Government's weaknesses in legislative ! affairs. That by the way. { Those of the electors who wont to hear ! Mr Thomson last night give an account of ! his service in Parliament and a careful ; analysis of the policies of rival parties and ■ the work of tho Government must have : l«.'Cti agreeably pleased with the marked . improvement in his platform methods, ar.d '■ with his imperturbability against determined, if good-natured, opposition. Tho good nature, it is to be suspecuxl, is merely a. feature cf studied tactics- But Mr . Thomson still lacks "davil," and ha* yet \ to acquire £ less academical marines of combating pertinent and impertinent interjections Mathematics do not' convince Red Feds- As regards his political a-rgu- \ meat, it was distinctly above the average ! level of the candidates who eo far have faced the electors, and was commendable for thoroughness aid fairnecs. He readily ' acknowledged the good points of the Labor i party's programme, and dechexed that j therw was a great deid in it that he could assent to absolutely. Nor was he a blind I and slavish supporter of the Reform party. [ Ho differed from tho Government and Sir 1 Joseph. Ward as regards "tho question; of a I war tax, and, guvs & as big opinion; t3io

' it was advisable to impeso a war tax in j order to secure a fair distribution of tho j still unweighod burden of war expenditure. There are occasions when the mathemaliI cian se-ss more than the, more politician. We heartily support Mr Thomson in his advocacy of an equitable war tax, and are not apprehensive of a panicky, unpatriotic cessation of industrial activity. It is satisfactory to note that Mr Thomson, as an active supporter of Scriptural teaching, believes that the right place for it is in the home and the church Ho is prepared to grant a. referendum on the question of religious teaching in the State schools, but cannot support tho grouping of two divergent issues in one question. What fair-minded politician cotild support the plebiscite introduced by the Hon. J. Allen as member for Bruce, who, more than any other member of Parliament, should, by reason of his position a*» Minister of Edti'cation, have fovght dutifully for the maintenance of the free, secular system of education. It would be interesting to know if Mr Thomson is still opposed to the establishment of a local navy. He differed materially from the Government a few months ago, and the electors would certainly like to know if he still stands by his sensible views. Possibly tho cons-stout interruption by the Labor section of hi;, audienco last night compelled him to defer his statfiroMit on tho important question of Naval Defence

The manner in which the intevjecfors were- controlled by the Mayor of Duntdin calls for a eharp reminder that it. is the duty of fl. chairman, and more particularly at :>. political mooting, to consider the intercaii of the members, of an awlioii.c who attend to hear the views of a candidate, rather than tho witless interruption of an organised part}. Mr bhacklor.k wa» rcmaikably weak in control, and alio permitted the meeting to close indfrisivelv. It was asserted during the proposal <:£ an adverse- vote that ultlnugh Mr Thornton had twice get into Pa-ilianient by a link;.., it would not happen again. This la-liter impertinent assertion need not be taken ;-..-. a dependable prophecy

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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