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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1915.

Tjik purpose of another " inspired " effusion by Mr R. Biven. on I tabor and behalf of the Puuediu Dunedin Roiita-al Labor Repre=onCentral. t;:: : »!t OommitK-y. in "\iv eorres|iond-tie-e o'.liitiins i to-day. is so transparent that it scarcely . merits serious attention. It has fallen to Mr I!. Rreeu to serve, his party as a .sort : of journalistic advocate P. r their candidate tor Dunedin Central. It is a. pity ■ fur the iaiiM' Mr Ibven champioii.s that ' tile arguments empioyod arc so shallow in. character and twisted in design. He begins with an argument which represents distortion, ami then defeats the main pur- ' pose of the. u hole of liis screed by indii - Sxiitl-.u-m ; and liiieid-ntidly but unwillingly) ih.iU ot Mr MiniTO. Mr Hre-on reminds the electors of DiPt/edin Ce.egral that "a " i.s known and judged by the jwOitiual I "company he k-eps. and Mr St-atbam's i ■" politic a! faith and aspirations are rigidly ■ "circumscribed by tire reactionary prin- ■ " ciples of tli,' Reform party. , . . Mr "Sia'ham van only be progressive as a "majority of his party is progressive—not ; " one whit more. And that is on*' thing "the cleciors of Dunedin Central must ■ " i'enn'inb-er--M r Stat ham has chosen to \ --.aily his poilihai future with Mr I "and his band of 'Reformers.'" Granted that- the electors of Dunedin Centra! accept this partisan rcisoninc; as guiding. ur,ehall<Migcabie 10.;. c. v/hat must they sjiy cliosen, for strate- leal purposes only, to ; ally his political future \wth a (tarty in- ' eluding >wi i i-ri'c Social Democrats, whose political policy is wisely rejected by the- I'nited Labor party, and whose parliamentary .strength proml.-es to be the tenauc-e of the balance of power in the House ~f Ropresenta'ivo; As- the stroujttu and composition of the LiberalLabor party stand now, Mr Miinro, if elected to Parliament.. " would b«> known "and judged by the political company he '■■ kept, and Mr'Monro's politi.a! faitlfand •' asjuj-a-tions would be rigidly cimtm- " scribed ' by the o.vtremo jiritu-ipLcs of the "Red Fed" section of tho i.iberal-Lnli-er parly. If Mr P.reen's nrnnii-in be applicable to >! r Stat ham's posit ion in party }X)lities. it mu.-t in common justiie l><> - applied to Mr Munro's. The •vhine about Mr Mimi-o's legal defeat is; pa-llry and ti''esome. It is perfectly true thai Mr Mutm, was "oflickdly" de.-iared oieete.i i.y eiihf votes .■not by one vole-, but the declaration had not tuvTi rendered operatic l b,.fore Mri provided by statute, applied foe a magis- j teria! recount, which disclosed a stupid i irreguiaroy on the part of an electoral | • d'iecr— an irre.oiiarlty that prompted the; M'.eistrale. who mei'.dy interpreted and \ administered the law on : he matter, to ! in\ alidate :: certain number of voles. It ■ indisputable, too, that if th"s.. vote-? i recorded in a valid manner by the voters! j .Mr MutU'o would have bom eloeteoJ. Rut tie- rate n ,i f , ( | .],.,,. ,|, f , Vl iia( ] been rendered irregular by th*? blundering , of an electoral ofilcer, Jnd. legally, Mr' -Stat-hatn was declated ih'cted. .'Mid t'ie : licvia-rath-M duly emic.r.-ed o:; the i > >. rit. : If the Mat-istiatc were wrong in I Ids iuterpretat'ou of the law J Dunedin Labor llefiresentatiou Coin- j mitt-ee ii.ue had ample time to chtil- I letige his decisiuti in the proper way. They I have not iConed it prudent to do so, but j prei'or. through their agent. Mr Preen, to I make a. ■ sad song ;ibout it. We repeat again that Mr Statham did a manly net I in resigning the sea'.. From the Labor) Representation o.>mmit.t"e's ]ir.irit of view] then' may have been no virtue in his ro--signtition because lie is a lawyer, conversant with the provisions of the Flee-t-oral Law. but perhaps even .Mr P>reer> will conc-tvle that the view of his party is not the only one open to the public. And a good thing, too .' As for Mr 'Rreeifs cheap distortion concerning our attitude to the Liberal Labor coalition, let us say definitely that there h;w been no transference of .sup[n)rt to |

" the least progressive party "•—the 'Reform p:'rty —but a forfeiture by iue Libe-ral-Labor Coalition of confidence in them from all people who desire to see i:t executive power a st-i'f>!i/>-. dependable, progressive (.hsvernnient. Mv ISrcen and his party know quite well, alt they are not frank enough to confess it. thai, the :;o:i! of the I'niled Labor party is not that of the Liberals and their r.Mivnu' political allies. Let Labor give the country a reliable, sane, progressiva- t lovei ninetit. and many "coats" would wdlingly bo turned in their favor. The 'Star' stands absolutely independent of all political parties, and is as keen as <>vcr for pro; revive legislation for all the people. We need not re.poat our support of .Proportional Tieprpsentn.tion and other means for ensuring reasonably adequate representation of all classes in Parliaineiii, and for sound, economical administration. Hut the "Star' refuses absolutely to support merely strategical alliances that are destitute <>f the spirit- and intention of real leerislalive progress.

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1915., Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1915. Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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