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The Evening Star SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1914.

The fact that Mr T. K. Sidey, who has

served the southern A Dependable residents of the City Politician. m Parliament for 13 years, and never once failed in his duty as a representative of all the electors, is not a noisy disputant in party politics, has cheated him of his real place in legislative service, and kept him from the political and public prominence which has been gained and lost by less effective members of the Liberal party. If aggressive bluster is the test by which electors assess the value of a representative in Parliament, Mr Sidey must be content to be rejected as (to quote R. L. Stevenson) " a faithful failure " ; but if the test be, as it ought to bo, more searching in character and extent, and if people still place eliance on loyalty, quietly insistent letermination, and sound knowledge of .he true purposes and aims beneath the ret and froth of political activity, then genuine Liberal should be returned o Parliament to represent Dunedin Jouth. It is an erroneous judgment | .hat accepts Mr Sidey's service in Parliament as the work of a parochial representative. Granted that he believes it is the duty of a member of Parliament to do everything in his J power to advance the interests of his constituency, and few parliamentarians have excelled Mr Sidey in exercising that duty honestly and broadly, he also appreciates the necessity for an exercise of a wider and, if you like, a higher service—promoting the interests of the State. In that greater serrice as a politician the Liberal candidate for Dunedin South has, as member for the electorate, devoted his enthusiasm to. effecting improvement in the s^siew

of free, secular education, which ho pledges himself to maintain, and to promoting the industrial interests of all Civil servants. As a member of the Education Committee of the House of Representatives Mr Sidey rendered valuable service during the past Parliament, and seized every opportunity presented on the floor of the House to strengthen weaknesses in legislative proposals. Of-course, he is not an aggressive debater, but his insistence and his instinctive fairness largely counterbalance a political defect, whioh would be less noticeable if JParliamenfc were a place of calm. On the contentious questions which create disputation among the people—Prohibition and religious instruction in schools—Mr Sidey, who is as keenly anxious about the'social and spiritual welfare of tho people as are tho champions of both movements, who doubtless will condemn his views, adopts a sensible attitude, and will not be drawn from his pledges. His speech at South Dunedin Town Hall last night reveals the careful thoroughness and fairness which have been tho outstanding characteristics of his parliamentary career. That lie is a true Liberal, and a member of a party that may contain some queer political elements, may be unacoeptablo to supporters of Reform; but if the majority of the electors want a dependable, tried representative their choice should not be a difficult task.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1914., Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1914. Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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