MR BEDFORD'S INCONSISTENCY.
I to nrn EDITOR. ■ Sir, Mr Bedford's letter in your issue of to-day occupies a good deal of space. It does "not, however," answer the questions I put to him, and is a mass of irrelevant matter Under no circum stances could .Mr Bedford consistently support the return of any candidate, which practically means the return of the Ward Government, who three years ago .Mr Bedf-.rd could not too strongly condemn, and he naturally finds considerable difficulty in avoiding this question. Ills attempt's to disassociate Mr Munro from the '"Red Fed " ranks are best answered by reminding \our readers of the tact that Mr Mun.o stated urnst emphatically and clearly in the Princess Theatre the night before the election, that he not only was a Red Pod. but proud of the fact. Having regard to Mr Bedford's admitted views mi the Ward I lo\<-, nnient and the attitude of the slrik'-rs. it must he a matter of regret to his many friends that, bo has chosen his present role, when bis abilities entitle him to a much better political association. It is rather an amusing coincidence, and somewhat awkward for our Labor friends, that whereas their advocate. .Mr Ibeeii. comb inns the Massey Government for their alleged mishandling of the foodstuffs question, in the same issue of your paper appears your Sydnoy letter, in which the writer refers in the most, tvathhig terms t.-j the weak maimer in which the Labor Government had handled this proposition over there. As a matter of fact. Australia was never in a worse position that it is in to-day under a Labor Government. Their tinaiH.es are in a. serums position ; their Post Office- shows a large deficit : and as already stated, they have mishandled the foodstuffs question in a most shoekiiu: manner: .and there is also a great deal of unemployment. Labor has a perfect right to he reprcsenled in Parliament, but it will be a sorry day for this country when the reins of Government arc entrusted to mni who can only see one -.hb> of the siat-o. and who m*> not even prepared to admit, chivalry from an opponent. Mr Pc-dford has drifted into a political whirlpool, and tho consequences to himself wilt In dill;cuii to forecast. Mi Bedford fonneiJy advocated rating on unimproved values, but he did not'carry Ins confessed prineipbs. into operation. A politician who trims his sails to the wind its bound sooner or later to meet with disaster. Is Mr Bedford in favor of compelling the farmers to grow wheal, and compelling them to v|l it at a certain pi ice fixed by Mr Munro and hC a-omatcs? Would be be in f.a.vor oompellhig lawyers to do clients' work" at bait" t-ll." present fees, and would he be in. favor of compelling the bilker.-, to give two loaves of b;<?ad instead of one for the pi ice now asked for i |IU .? Consistent. I Consistk.nt. | January 20.
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MR BEDFORD'S INCONSISTENCY., Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915