Symud i'r prif gynnwys
Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

14 erthygl ar y dudalen hon




THE GENERAL ELECTION. It is one of the unique features of this election that from the first the Radical op- position has fought a losing battle, has admitted that it could not win. and that its hopes are limited to r duciog the Unionist majority by one-half. That is to say, their most sanguine expectation is to gain thirty seits, which would reduce the Unionist majority from one hundred and twenty-eight to sixty-eight. To gain a majority over the Unionist party they must win eighty seats. But this is assuming that the working alliance with the Parndlites cotitinueso l nat alliance, however, is imperilled. Half of the Radical candidates before the con- sntuencies are declaring against Home Rule, fh u°i half have hesitatingly admitted that while they are still Home Rulers they cannot undertake to support Home Rule in the new Parliament. Consequently to obtan a working maioritr In Parliament the Radicals require, as their \Vhip has sensibly seat, T' h° °ne huudred sixty seats, {such a gam is obviously impossible seeing that m Irehn I p r 1 PUS)i"Dle» vpntnrpH tn lrelanJ Radicals have not ventured to run a candidate of their own while in Great Britain thoy have left over a 17, ^mon.,st. s««ts uncontested. Be yond this the elect,on is remarkable for the fact that the appeal made by the Govern- ment to the country has been admitted by the Opposition. Public opinion has forced them to become supporters of the policy of the Government HI South Africa. 'j'bev have had to fall back on vain and petty objections. They have, for instance, ob- jected to a dissolution in September, because it will "disfranchise" the new electors who I will not be entitled to vote till next January ignoring the not unimportant circumstance that if the election was put off till January,j thousands of electors who are now entitled II to vote would be "disfranchised," as they II call it. Then they have bitterly denounced the Government for not making riiore adequate military preparations before the war, trusting that the public memory has forgotten that when the Government, in anticipation of an attack by the Boers, ordered ten thousand men from India, th: y were bitterly denounced for provoking the Boers. Sir Henry Campbeli-Banuerman, worgt offender of all, has had the audacity to reproach the Government on this score, although he wect about, up to the last moment, declaring that he saw no occasion for war preparations. Sir William Harcoait's case is similar. After taking credit to him self for voting supplies, which he dare not refuse, he has denounced the Government hotly for spending sixty or seventy millions over the war. Points like this are significant in showing that the pretence of acquiescence in the policy of the Government is insincere. If the Opposition leaders honestly accepted the war as a necessity forced upon us, they would frankly accept its consequences, and instead of cavilling would tender their support aud advice in carrying on the settlement. Then they might have earned the respect of the country. Now they have incurred the contempt of the country, which will, we trust, be shown by the emphatic way in which they are spurned at the polls, as being unworthy to be trusted with any controlling share in Imperial affairs.




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