The Globe. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1876.
During the session of the Assembly the party led by Sir George Grey and Mr Macandrew occupied somewhat of a dignified if a mistaken position. The leaders were never weary of announcing to the world at large that they were contending for “ the rights and liberties “ of the people.” As we have said, such a platform had an air of respectability about it. But there was a woeful falling off when the second act of the political drama —or perhaps more properly speaking, burlesque—was performed. That miserable fiasco, the Convention, showed that the leaders of the party who had professed such patriotic and high-minded sentiments were driven to sore straits. But there was yet a lower depth to which these patriots have descended. After all their loud-tongued protestations about the “ rights and liberties “ of the people,” we find one of the bright and shining lights of the party, no less a one than Mr. Macandrew himself, still clinging to the fond delusion that he is Superintendent of Otago, and opening correspondence so addressed instead of forwarding it to the agents of the Government in Dunedin. This delusion has resulted in what might have been a serious matter, as the credit of the province
has been imperilled by the delay of remittances to England, owing to Mr. Macandrew’s persistent clinging to the empty dignity of Superintendent, which is a thing of the past. After all the high-minded patriotism and protestations of affection for the liberties of the people, the height of bathos is reached when it is found necessary to close the letter-box of one of the chiefs of the party to prevent ill consequences to the prounce.
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Globe, Globe, Volume VII, Issue 781, 21 December 1876
The Globe. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1876. Globe, Volume VII, Issue 781, 21 December 1876
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