DUNEDIN CENTRAL FLECTION.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In the coming contest for the seat of the above electorate in the Homo of Representatives you ask forTm straight run between the two candidates. This, I maintain, cannot now be done- to the voluminous correspondence appearing in t-ho ' £tar' and your leading articles commenting on the election. In your loading articles you emphasised the point that Mr G. K. 'Statham is the tetter man of the two. This, I hold, is absolutely outside the question, and will have a tendency to mislead the electors in casting their votes. The question for the electors is not which is tlie V>ottev iri.in, Yvuv \Viexr aAA,iiAi*\=& to the principles, political platform, and administration of the (iovejrnmo..t in power. 1 maintain it is tlio duty of every elector of Dunedin Central to vote for Mr J. W. Mu:uo, not because he is the Liberal and Labor candidate, but for the reason that he is an out-and-out opponent of the Ma-ssoy party, who have shown by their actions "aud legislation in connection with the cost of Jiving, a matter affecting the welfare, ot the tivcat majority of the people of the Dominion, that they are not entitled to hold otlice. To prevent tho prices of the necessaries'of life rising beyond a fair price, they set up a Food Commission, who fixed the prices ruling on August 1, 1914. They have since receded from this position, and have, by their action, allowed the prices of foodstuffs to rise to a point out of all reason. Especially this is the ease in connection with t-ho wheat aud flour industry. The Government, finding that they are losing from 3d to 6d per bushel on all imported wheat, have stated distinctly that when the new season's crop is harvested they will resort to what they are pleased to term the law- of supply and demand. For some years past the farmers have refused to grow wheat, thereby crippling one of our most important industries and brinpinii about an unnatural law of supply and demand, owing to the limitation of production. As the Ministers are only the servants of the people, it is their boimden dutv to carry out the wishes of the electors", as oxpivss-ed through the medium of the ballot box, as to whether the principles and platform of the Reform party or Liberal and Labor party should cany on the affairs of the Dominion. The. answer is assuredly not the Reform party.—l am, etc., Elector. January 19.
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DUNEDIN CENTRAL FLECTION., Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915