THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. MONDAY AUGUST 24, 1896.
The next election bids fair to be one of the most exciting that the colony has aver seen. No better evidence that this will eventuate Is required than the unusual number of candidates who have already announced themselves as coming forward to contest seats in the North and' South Islands alike. It would require a epaclal artiole to refer in detail to the many aspirants for parliamentary honors 'that the coming general election will brine Into 'bhe field of election and selection. At the eleventh hour many' of the new and least known meH V wili deem prudenca the better part of valor, aod leave the dangers and honors of the contest to those more experienced in pdblic affairs ani on that account much more likely to be honored with the confidence of ttie electors. But even then there will be left a 'tolerably numerons army of candidates. The Boiler electorate is a tfase in point, and it is only one of many more in whioh the electors will find themselves In a like position. Qf course in thaaa circumstances it will not be very easy to predict those most likely to be suaoessfal. The unexpected will often happen, and the candidates whose return , had been regarded as ' morally certain will sometimes find themselves left out In the cold. Too many candidates .in the field quite change the character and chances of an election. Tha't v we believe, will be found to be the oate in the next general election. .No one who has the welfare of the colony atheart or would wish to see a higher type of , parliamentary government than we have experienced for the last five .years would wish to see all the present members returned. There is nothing our Parliament stands so much in need of a* ♦•new blood." We want to see an end put tosodegradtnganenslavementaa men being returned to Parliament who are either mere nominees and tools of the Government, and who owe their electian to Go- . veramental influence, or who have bartered away tnefr independence by givlDg written pledges to support certain men quite regardless of measures. VVhln such pledges ■ -have not been given in ; writing; they have be ;n . given virtually j and we are bound to say that nearly all these pledges— written and verbal alikehave, been kept with a rigid faithfulness on the part of the Government supporters that seems to show what Buch devoted loyalty would render possible if it were only; displayed in the upholding of a good and patriotio' principle instead of merely to keep a osrtaln set of men in power, who would not venture on' much that they do bub for the confidence ,they feel In the loyalty of their followers. , The, very uncertainty that hanga over the coming election p, owing to the unusual number of 'candidates, is a- decided ! advantage to the community at large. 1 1 will afford, them a opportunity to change the' personnel ,oi Parliament. . The present ; one is -eminently, unsatisfactory. It; has the, lowest and jmost inferior morale of any Parliament that we can recollect. That is: we may have seen as bad for. a brief period ; but it soon ..shook itself free oi the thrall. Bat New Zealand, has never seen a Parliament like the present one— i hat oalmly and willingly put 6fl the yoke of bondage ; and bdre it unoomplalrilngly daring tbei full termof.Parllament.; We believe that we ate inteppreting" the : feellogs and wishes of the public aright when ,
we say that we have no desire to see a second edition of this now moribund Parllament. As they possess the power to give they have also the power to withhold. What they should strive for at the next election, and always for that matter, ia to eleoc the best men —that is, In the broad sense; The electors, should..nob be too exacting in the matter of pledges. | Speolal questions may, of coarse, arise on which the alec tors are unanimous, and in respeot to whloh their representatives may well be expected to be guided by .the wishes of these who have placed them In the seat of honor. Bat la all other respoots elaotora will do well to leave the individuality of their representative nooarbed and untrammelled. To take away the freedom and independence of a representative of the people is to reduce him te the position of the wooden god of the barbarian, who is flogged when he does not bring rain or fails to do what he Ib told. We want more Independence in Parliament, even if it should entail more difference of opinion and more conflict; we want also men of stronger moral fibre and more intellectual stamina. Weak Parliaments and swollen majorities would tempt any Government to deviate from the best traditions of free parliamentary government and wander into the many devious ways into which an ill-regulated ambition might lead them. The electors of the colony should find food for reflection in the fact that some of the beat men la the House do not intend to be candidates in the coming elections. We do not speak from any party point of view In this v, attar. It is an advantage to the colony to have clearheaded men in Parliament no matter what. their color or which aide of the House they may sit on. They -may ba unpopular outside of their own conetltu> encies, but they are usefdl and cannot well be spared, especially in these days of cirpeb baggers who boldly charge for the L 240 a year. It is on this account very dispiriting that suoh representatives as Mr Dutbie, Mr Bell, Mr T M'Kenzie, the Hob Mr MLtohelsoo, and Mr Wilson ara nob, likely to seek re»elactlon. On the principle that no man la Indispensable, we expect that the colony will not suffer to any great extent by the retirement of these gentlemen, who are all most able and useful members of the legislature. Bat one thing above all that the colony stands most In need of is a change in the 'personnel of our legislators and the present current of legislation stemmed. If ever the colony stood in need of political rest it ia now. We are withering up under the avalanche of legislation that; has been overwhelming na of late. Give us a rest!
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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. MONDAY AUGUST 24, 1896., Grey River Argus, Volume LVII, Issue 9527, 24 August 1896
THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. MONDAY AUGUST 24, 1896. Grey River Argus, Volume LVII, Issue 9527, 24 August 1896
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