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WHERE MASSEYISM HAS FAILED.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir.—ln my last letter I showed how '• Reform " has forfeited all claim to the confidence of the electors. The reasons given were: (1) that Masscyism had failed to conserve the. interests of the community by allowing grain speculators to exploit the peoplo; (2) that Masseyism had played with the safety of the State in endeavoring to promote the parochial futility of a " toy " navv. It is indeed regrettable that in order to foist a "toy" navv on this Dominion Mr Massev should so far forget himself as to sav that Great Britain failed to carry out the Naval Protection Agreement with New Zealand. Those are the vital points of " Reform's" failure. But there arc many other failures. It is only necessary to mention a few, in order to show the utter failure of Masseyism. Take tho workers' plight under Masseyism. About 80 per cent, of the population of this Dominion are, worker?. The majority of these have bettered their condition bv means of trade unionism. What has "Reform" done for trade unionism? The answer is : Bogus unions. Masseyism has undoubtedly promoted and fostered bogus unions. What is the result? Well, tho result at Huntly is too ghastly to go into minutely. And what else could be expected wheii it is remembered of what bogus unions are composed. But what about agricultural laborers? What has Masseyism done for that section of the workers? In their case the answer is also convincing, for not Massevism done its best to get rid of the State-owned land—those State-owned farms which constitute for landless men the stepping-stones to freehold farms of their own. Massevism has done its best to demolish those poor-man steppingstones, thus preventing agricultural laborers from ever bettering their condiShould these things prove insuflicieiit to convince you that '" Reform" i:; not the poor man's friend, then let us see what "Reform's" friends have To say in defence of Masseyism. Recognising the weakness of their case, "Reform" supporters plead that "Reform" has not had a chance, because of the scarlet fever, the strike, and the war. Just think over that before you voto for a Massoy candidate. Never had a chance, because they'were unequal to tho occasion.' According to this pka "Reform" would have been successful had there been nothuy for it to do. So "Reiorm," on the evidence of its supporters, is merely a tine-weather kind of Administration. "Reform" would have successfully navigated the ship of State had there been no iidverse winds and nierelv bright sunshine all the way! This effectually disposes of tho further plea that it would not bo wise to have a change of Government while the war lasts. Fine-weathor sailors, like the Massev Administration, can very well he set asklo when strong, experienced men are required in order to avert disaster. Our Empire is experiencing a crisis at present. Stiong men are needed at every outpost. Masseyism can very well wait until the crisis "is over and the sunshine comes again. Thursday's voting will decide our fate for tho next three years. The matter seems to be worth tlie very serious consideration of every elector. —I am, etc.. Chalmers Elector.

December 7.

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WHERE MASSEYISM HAS FAILED., Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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WHERE MASSEYISM HAS FAILED. Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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