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The Evening Star SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1915.

As a rule the- Wellington 'Post' takes a broad outlook and avoids In the rash conclusions, bub of Melting late we have noticed in Pot. its loading columns a disposition to wobble and to depart from its attitude, of sturdy independence towards the contending political parties. And there are not wanting signs that it will scon become as much a partisan as either of its contemporaries in the capital. Last night it reviewed the political situation, as disclosed by the official returns of the. General- Election, and gave tho numbers as 'Ministerial 41, Opposition 59. We decline to subdivide Sir Jose-ph Ward's following into Liberal and Labor and Social Democrats, for the simple reason that, whatever els© may happen, there is not room for the shadow of a doubt, that every man who stood for eano Labor or who acknowledges allegiance to the Federation of Labor will join the Liberal wing in trying to onat Mr < Maasey. So far as every section of Labor ; is concerned, it is war "a outrance" i against the, party who -broke the strike of ' November, 1913. . ]

In computing 1 the relative strength of parties we wish that we were w sure of

the final outcome of the t*«t division, whenever it shall please Mr Massey to permit it to foe taken, as we are that Dr M'Nab will hold the Hawke's Bay seat. Not only has* he a substantial lead on the magisterial count, but it is an open secret that over a hundred votes which the magistrate awarded to Mr Campbell are in the fame category aa those which the returning officer and the resident magistrate hero very properly rejected, in our judgment, as invalid. One thing is quite clear—that both magistrates cannot bo right; and relying on the reported decisions of the Election Courts in England, we have no hesitation in prophesying that Mr Widdowson will be found to have determined rightly. That the Hawke's Bay election will form the subject of litigation in the Supreme Court is a certainty, because Dr M'Nab is just one of those men whom the party machine wishes to exclude from the councils of the country, where at this juncture in the nation's history it is, we think, indispensable that hi 3 voice should be heard and his ripened judgment should be available. Be that as it may, however, we regard it as a foregone conclusion that ho will be declared the rightful holder. As to the Mount Eden seat, which will also be the subject of litigation, we have not the slightest fear that Mr C. J. Parr. C.M.G., will be deprived of his legitimate victory. The ground upon which Mr Parr's right to sit is being challenged does not affect that gentleman's personal integrity, for it is as clear as the noonday that he was wholly ignorant of the culpable act of his secretary, but moreover took the earliest, possible means open to any honorable man of disavowing it when the facts were brought under hb notice. The law is asinine on occasions, as has been shown repeatedly, but it is inconceivable that it will perpetrate such an act of supreme folly as to punish a man for whatever a stupid agent may choose to do of his own volition. If that were to happen no candidate- would bo safe, because it is thoroughly understood that in most constituencies, especially in those having wide areas, the secretary or the party OTganiser, as the case may be, very largely control?: the management of the campaign. About the Northern Maori electorate little need be sank It is quite apparent tha.t the new member is a " slim " gentleman for his years, and it is quite possible that he may lead both parties to believe that he will in the final resort vote with the one that can offer the most solid advantages to the. race ho represents. Anyhow, his return is said to be challengeable on the score of gross irregularities, as by the failure to open polling booths where, it is alleged they should have existed, and probably he may have to run the gauntlet of an election petition, and consequently have to face another election. In such circumstances both parties will do well to leave Mr Henare severejy alone for the, present. Lastly, there is Dunediu Central. Mr Statha.m's resignation will, we believe, be | in the hands of the Clerk of the Writs in the early part of next week, and in the ordinary course of things a new writ will bo issued without delay and another election be held early in February, because it is apparently recognised now by the Labor party that the most they could hope for from an appeal to the Election Court would be a fresh election, and that is coming. We repeat that, in all tho circumstances, the pa.rty managers should strain every nerve to restrict tiio contest to Messrs 'Statham and Munro, to save them both unnecessary expense, and to secure that the will of the electorate in the choice of a representative shall be pronounced this time in a most convincing manner. To these cuds both political parties may be depended on to bring their . fullest powers of organisation—to make . every post a winning one, to use a. sport- . in.g phrase—and we see no reason why the excellent relations between the two con- . testants that marked tho previous contest should for a single moment be disturbed. , Let the better man win, say we.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1915., Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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