WANTED, A STRONG GOVERNMENT.
I TO THE ED ITOH Sir.—ln your leading article of Thursday last you advocated the adoption of tho Elective Executive, a much-needed moclilication of the present system of party government. On that occasion you contended that the selection of the. Cabinet Ministers from only one side of the House does not make for efficient government. and pointed, out that the time was ripe for the adoption of this reform in New Zealand, since there is no radical difference between the " platforms" of the Massey Government and of the Opposition. The foundation of the political differences between the parties has gone, and yet the antagonism remains—the. bitterness of party strife, accentuated by the system, is still with us. Tho contest seems little more than one between tho "infi" and " outs."
The state of parties is nearly approximately equal, or will be so when Mr Lang "is again put into the Chair. What will be the next development? Can the party system ensure us a stable. Government? "What will likely happen? Neither Mr Massey nor S:r ?.•;•?;.h Wf>vd having a working majority, after a good deal of time ha--- been wasted there will probably bo another appeal to the country, with the expense of another General Election. Now, I believe this could bo avoided
| When the state of parties is ?o nearly I equal, the time seems opportune for some I modification of the party system. Why not simply form a coalition Ministry from both sides of the House, and thus select the most capable administrators„obtainablo for the government of our country. The principle of the Elective Executive could afterwards be embodied in a statute, tho formation of a coalition Ministry from both sides of the House would of itself form a precedent that would assist the House of Representatives to emancipate itself from the meshes of the party system. We have, of course, plenty of precedents for a coalition Ministry. The present is the timo to act. There seems very little hope of ever modifying the party system so long as our party has a considerable majority, for the simple reason that the side with tho majority prefer to retain all the Cabinet *eats. The Opposition for the time being, who are naturally more favorable to tho change, since it would give some of their members Cabinet rank, have not sufficient votes to carry tho proposal; and so, under ordinary circumstances, tho system tend* to perpetuate itself, although its defects have long been recognised. We certainly think the present is the time to cut the Gordian knot in a very simple manner. Is New Zealand goiiur to lead the way in this as in other matters?—T am, etc.. True Reform. December 14.
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WANTED, A STRONG GOVERNMENT., Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914
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