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Liberalism in Conway. THE LORD ADVOCATE'S NON. APPEARANCE. Conway Town Hall was packed to its utmost capacity on Tuesday night on the occasion of a Budget League demonstration, and it was esti- mated that close upon 1,200 people passed through the doors in expectation of hearing an address by the Right Hon. Alexander Ure, Lord Advocate for Scotland, who was announced as the chief speaker. Admission was by ticket only, and a band of stewards saw that no suspicious lady entered without having a responsible es- core. Long before 7.30 p.m., the advertised time for the meeting, all the seats available were taken, including seating accommodation for about 200 persons on the platform. There "were large contingents from Llandudno, Degan- wy, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Pen- maenmawr, Llanfairfechan, and Bangor. There was also a special train run from Llanrwst for the convenience of the stalwart Liberals from that district. When Mr T. C. Lewis, President of the Lib- eral Association, was about to take the chair, there was a tremendous outburst of cheering, but when the vast crowd found that he was alone, it soon subsided, and by the anxious look on the face of the chairman, and those re- sponsible for the meeting, it could be detected that something had occurred!. The first utter- ance of the Chairman was I am sorry Mr Ure has not yet arrived. I have just been to Llandudno Junction expecting to meet him by the 6.33 train, but he has not come. The tele- gram I have had from him is rather vague. It says Shall arrive by the 5.8 from Chester." The Lord Advocate, so far, has not come, but we hope he will before long. I understand that the trains are running very badly to-day." Iin his opening remarks Mr Lewis said that the meeting that night would be one of the most eventful in the annals of the old town of Con- way. It was the first meeting held in connec- tion with the fifth electoral campaign, of one whom they all honoured and respected as a patriotic Welshman, a distinguished statesman, a man of high character and capacity, or, to use the choice ducal language of the Duke of Marl- borough, that demagogue from Wales," the 1,1 Right Hon. D. Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer. (Loud and continued applause.) Little did they think twenty years ago, when they selected Mr Lloyd George, that a Budget League demonstration would be held in Con- way in support of a comprehensive and benefi- cent Budget to be known henceforth as Mr Lloyd George's Budget. (Applause.) The speaker went on to refer to the robust Liberal- ism and high character of the Lord Advocate. The meeting was also being held on the historic evening on which they were hourly expecting the news as to the fate, not of the Budget, that would live—(loud cheers),—but rather the fate of the House of Lords. (Hear, hear.) It was that which was in the balance that night. The battle being declared, the Commons would draw the sword, and the Liberals leaders, Mr Asquith j and his colleagues—(cheers),—would not allow the war to end until the words once used by Mr Disraeli would prove to be true, and be for ever henceforth established, namely, The House of Commons is the State." (Cheers.) The House of Lords must be made to recognise this. (Cheers.) It was passing strange that so great ananomaly as the House of Lords had been al- lowed to exist, and to exercise power in these I democratic times, a house of legislators, elected by nobody, representing nobody, and responsible to nobodv. The speaker also referred to the fact that Nonconformists now constituted the majority in the land, and yet the House of Lords was so unprogressive and so much out of touch with the trend of the times that out of its 600 members, only two or three of them were Non- conformists. (Shame.) Concluding, he said that the British nation had in its Chancellor of the Exchequer not only a man of great capacity, of proved administrative ability, and exceptional initiative power and driving force, but also a man who possessed the moral courage to utilise -these gifts to their fullest extent, and if the Gov- ernment were supported at the General Election. —(A Voice: "They will be." Cheers)—this great measure of Mr George's would undoubtedly be the means of pushing on social reform, and when in years to come they were asked what Lloyd George did for the nation, they would be able to confidently reply What did he do? He pushed us on half a century." (Loud cheers, and shouts of Well done, bychan.") Dr. M. J. Morgan, J.P., then moved a vote of confidence in the Government approving of the Budget and in opposition to the taxes on food. He said that the conflict between both Houses had at last reached a crisis. It was well known that the House of Lords were always opposed to fostering the liberties of the people. He felt proud that the crisis had come about-(loud ap- plause)—and that it had come about in connec- tion with the Budget of the people, which had been introduced by their worthy member. Continuing, the doctor said This abominable- (laughter, and hear, hear) I don't know whether that is too strong. (Shouts of C £ No, no; pile it on.") I say it again. (Renewed laugh- ter.) We should decide at the next election to abolish this abominable anomaly. Y mae Tyr Arglwyddi wedi cyfiawni mesur ei anwiredd." (Loud applause.) In a rousing Welsh speech, Mr J. P. Griffiths, Regent House, seconded. He quoted the Roman bard Cicero, Whom _the gods wished to de- stroy, they first make them mad." The House of Lords has gone made, and the next step is de- struction. (Loud and continued cheers.) It required something more than passing a resolu- tion. The sword should be taken from the scab- bard, cleaned, and sharpened to fight the battle. (Applause.) The Rev. Daniel Hughes, Pontypool, received a rousing reception on rising to address the meeting. He at once took on with the vast audience. He referred to several of the draw- ing room puns made by Conservatives with the name of Mr Ure. There was now a slight disturbance at tue back of the hall, and the disturber was quietly ejected, and Mr Hughes created roars of laugh- ter by asking whether the ejected was married to a suffragette, or only engaged to one. He was afraid that he was speaking to the con- verted, but sinners came in occasionally among them. They were now passing through a time of transition. There was a tremendous political crisis, and it behoved them to keep their brain clear, nerves steady, and heart pure, that the right may conquer. (Applause.) He con- sidered it a stroke of genius that an. insignifi- cant lawyer from the Welsh hills should make it possible to split the House of Lords. (Loud and prolonged cheers.) Of course, he knew something about quarrying. The blast would go before long, and the bulwark anomaly would be brought to the ground, and they would be called upon with their shovels and barrows to clear the refuse away. (Hear, hear, and laugh- ter.) The speaker went on to cleverly describe what a Budget was, stating that it was merely a bag into which money was put. When they wanted money from the bag they could not get it out without putting it in; and they could not put it in without getting it out of some other bags. (Laughter.) That was the whole difficulty, where to get it from. It was not the foreigner who paid the tax on tobacco, but the consumers. Now, in the same way, if a tax was put on wheat, then bread would go up as to- bacco did. He referred to a political opponent speaking in Blackburn, who said that if a ten per cent. tax was put on wheat, they need not pay more for the bread, and old joker shouted I say, guvnor, put on fifty per cent., and let's have bread for nothing." (Laughter.) He considered that a man must be taxed for the up- keep of the State in proportion to the benefit that he received from the State. (Hear, hear.) When the Conservatives wanted an election, there was always some phantom navy coming to swamp our shores. (A Voice The Daily continued Mr Hughes. It is the Daily Wail now. (Laughter.) Supposing the Germans came over and captured this country, what would he lose? (A Voice: "Nothing. ) Quite true, said Mr Hughes. But at the same time, he thought that Wales would be better off educationally under the Germans than under the Saxon. The taxing of land values was the crux of the whole Budget. He went on to re- fer to several cases in which fabulous sums were asked for land which had been developed by the public. He was glad to think this w,as only a beginning, and the Lords now said they were going to nip it in the bud. But it was no bud. It was already a well-rooted tree, and to tam- per with this tree, will be to find some of them that night having committed suicide by hanging themselves on its branches. (Loud laughter, and cheers.) The speaker referred to the case of a bootmaker in Llanelly, who wished to put in a new shop window, and the agent of the estate told him that he must put the windows in according to his plan, which would cost £400, and they would grant a further short lease, and whereas the ground rent had been £4" per annum, it would now be £4°' (" Shame.") It was a shame; a dastardly shame. Talk about confiscation. This was the worst form of confiscation that he knew. (Ap- plause.) What had the landlords been doing fee generations? (A Voice: ''Stealing.") Yes, they had been thieves. Thev need not mince matters. If this coming election was bitter, they knew who had already introduced the bit- terness, and they would not forget it. (A Voice: Not likely; and Rub it in.") What did Mr Lloyd George propose to do, but to. be correct and just; and as Dr. Clifford said, Christian. He proposed now to tax the taxer. (Hear, hear.) Turning into the vernacular, Mr Hughes cap- tivated the- audience. He said they had been trodden under the heels of the dukes for cen- turies, and there were no rubber heels then. (Laughter.) They had now understood their tactics, and before the people would again sub- mit to them, there would be a civil war. One of the prophets said that the abomination of the land shall be swept away. The brush was doing its work that night. (Applause.) The best tracts of country were deer forests, and if a deer did not become wild like its lord, they pulled it out, probed it and pushed it to make it run. (" Shame.") It was a shame, and an abomination but that was the delicacy of the over-lordship of the country. But they might be probed before long no.w-(cheers),and made to run. (Renewed cheers.) The cornering of the soil of the countrv,.he said, was certainly one of the most devilish procedures. Football clubs might suffer, and the soup in the kitchen might be thinner this Christmas; but person- ally, he did not want their charity. He wanted justice. (Loud applause.) Concluding very fine address amidst loud applause, the speaker likened the House of Lords to the wild asses of the wilderness, and added that the neople of the country were now going to put them in train- ing. The Chairman, at the close of Mr Hughes's speech, said he had received a telegram in the following words from Mr Ure, which had been handed in at Crewe —" Regret missed connec- tion. Block on line. Will try and fix another day." Mr Ure is to speak at Pwllheli next week, and the Chairman said he hoped a date next week would be arranged. Mr J. P. Griffiths, the organiser of the meet- ing, then announced that all who had purchased reserved and platform tickets would be sent a ticket when the date was fixed for Mr Ure's visit. On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Henry Jones, Deganwy, the following resolu- tion was enthusiastio.ally carried—" That this meeting expreses its joy and satisfaction that the Right Hon. D. Lloyd George has no inten- tion of severing his connection with the Carnar- von Boroughs, which is has represented so long and so honourably, and pledges itself to con- tinue to him its most earnest and enthusiastic support. It also congratulates him upon the great ability, courtesy, and couraee that he has displayed in conducting this year's far-reaching Finance Bill through Parliament." A vote of thanks to the Chairman and to the Rev. Daniel Hughes terminated the meeting.

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