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THE COMING ELECTION.

10 IHIS libl'ioi:

Kir, —The ponderous logic of " Square Weal" in his indictment of Mr Maesey is not particularly convincing. He asks '■ Who is paying "for tho incieaso in the price of Hour to £l4 1Q»5" Not many, I will say. A firm who have raised their price i<l above other miners will not do a big trade. I cannot see what Mr Massey had to do with this "deal," square or otherwise. As it is, all the millers will do kes trade, for eoiuo time, as many householders have several months' stock of flour in hand. Their action did something to ciive-a a scaie and raise the price. If Mr Mas.-ey had not taken prompt measures to i-xcure noma wheat from Australia and Canada, tht.ro might have been a shortage ot tiour here and higher prices. I daresay " Square Deal" may be one of those who wid never iorgive the Government for not allowing them to do as they liked at tho tinia of the ttrike. Nothing th«>y have done or can do will please them.

In regard '<> what ho says about the Sceord Ballet, if my memory is correct, tho results of this ballot aV tho General Election wero much in favor of the Government, and tho two by-elections he mentions took place in electorates where the feeling referred t" above was specially strong. 1 heard an intelligent elector say the other day that ho could not vote, for Mr Mn.'sey now, beer-use he had given tho leaseholders the right to get tho freehold. He would vote for tho Opposition. Evidently he fcrgots that Sir Joseph Ward voted" with .Air Massey when that was granted. Public opinion—at least, some sections of ;t--i« tickle. Many .of thoso who are meet noi«y against the Massey Government were equally so against tho Ward Government at tho last election. It mav well bo said that there are some curious alliances. The action of fome of the Biblc-in-Schools League and tho Prohi- j tioniste reminds one of what the martyred French ladv said on the scaffold. I am not sure of'the .exact words, but they were to this effect : '■ O Liberty (or 0 Religion), what things are done in thy name!"—l am, etc.. Onlooker. December 7.

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THE COMING ELECTION., Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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THE COMING ELECTION. Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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