THE ERRORS OF ELECTIONEERING.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—As far as an "Old Campaigner" is concerned, his remarks in a small degree may bo correct, but that is not the solution of the present eloction. .Mr Massey has a strong personality and the courage of his opinions. Not so Sir Joseph, who, as a Laborito up North at a meeting, said: "He doos what he is forced to do"—a great difference. Ar.other thing. Some people cannot understand a Government that works quietly, effectively, and unostentatiously as the Government have done, after a previous blustering, talkative one "Comparisons are odicus." Another thing: How many realise what an uphill, strenuous three years the Massey Government had with a deliberate attempt on the Opposition sido to thwart and hinder all, or nearly all, good work. Such a strain would put Job's patience past ondurance I maintain the Massey party are anxious to do the best they can for all. Tho thinking people knowthat the- Labor and Liberal forces combined, with the two outside issues, were :ho cause of the present state of affairs. \'o matter who were in power otherwise thai; Labor it would be just tho same. Labor makes no secret of its desire to gain the tenches first by ousting the Reformers and putting Sir Joseph Ward in, then passii.g a vote"of no-confidence in him. What the next move is seems obscure so far, seeing they only have eight seats But that ~is their present intention. And strangest thing of all, the Prohibition party and followers are aiding them, because those standing for Labor promise the bare majority. But will they carry itout? I doubt their ability to do it. I and many of my friends have consistently voted No-license and National Prohibition for years, but not this year, for by their foolish tactics the Prohibitionists are turning hundreds against them. The . oauntry must not be sacrificed in this way. Mr Statham would have gone in easily only for such extremists, and I consider the* sensible, thoughtful voters were on his sido. We want solid, sound, just legislation, not for one section, but for tho whole of New Zealand, and we are more likely to get it from broad-thinking politicians than from extremists. The incongruity of publicans and Prohibitionists voting for tho same man (the first knowing their interest is safe in the Ward party's hands, the others because of a promise of a reduction in tho handicap tc 55 per cent.) is obvious. Yet if that alteration had been" carried Restoration would have taken place in a good few of those No-license districts. How do they feel about that? Neither the Prohibitionists nor the Bible-in-schools party have any right to influence the voters to vote for that issue only. It is selfish, unchristian, and inconsistent. How suprising to see men utterly opposed to the Red Federation or extreme Labor put their consciences on one side and give their vote for one issue.—l am, etc., ! Square. December 14.
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THE ERRORS OF ELECTIONEERING., Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
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