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BUDGET BULL'S-EYES. (FROM THE BUDGET LEAGUE.) We stand on the eve of a revolution. On Tuesday next the House of Lords will enter ,o,,i a course of action which threatens to cpset the governing principle of the British Constitiition-the right of the people to getbh their own taxes. No Taxation Without Representa- tion hats hitherto been the English cry all mer the world. If the Lords are going to recced., then we shall have to substitute ,for jii another cry which shall take some such Jorm as this, No Taxation by Representa- tives!" "Taxation by the Lords only!" That is the insufferable claim now boldly ,put forward by the champions of the House ,.m Lords. Some of us still doubt whether :"¡:f hundred Englishmen, drawn either tr{m the nobility or any other class, will anally and seriously, after mature con- £ ide?,a. £ ion, take such a step as this. But at tho present moment, at any rate, we have -io act on the assumption that tlie Lords -ovill really act as executioners. Uut, if the action of the Lords is surpris- ing, the intention attributed to the Opposi- ■6um in the House of Commons is still more JMrt^Jiflding. We are seriously told that vheri the Lords take this action they will supported by Mr. Balfour and his followers. » In other words, the Opposition, from this 4inie forward, intend to turn themselves into a sort of Parliamentary Suicide Club," having for their object the destruc- tion of the House of Commons and the ele- ction of the House of Lords. And it would m that they are actually going to plan a "ønral Election in which they shall go up ond down the country placing that pro- gramme before the electors of the United Jtingdpm. # # # The obvious conclusion would be that fthey would refuse to stand as candidates li&F the House of Commons. If the House 4 Commons is to be reduced to this con- sle»tij?ibible position, then as men of dignity :1 might be expected to stand aside. But M- credibly reported that, on the con- ;k-ry the Unionists propose to make a 4ristk,rog,s effort to capture seats on this pro- "r.m, and they even hope to obtain a JBdjority in the House of Commons. I such a hope they are reckoning with- •tfttt their hosts. The English people, let .t1wm be quite certain, are not possessed of -#t&oidai tendencies. They are fond of tkeir JftStitutions, and would not even interfere ,.ítb. the House of Lords if it kept in its film:#. But they are, above all, fond of the BOttSP of Commons, and will not stand by .4 see it mmsacred to make a landlords' < "There is a new fact which may come out 4WId the turmoil of the Inext few weeks. JùmSC of Lords claims to be acting im- I ffertiaily, and desires only to give the 1e the chance of deciding their own .agfojyg But the Houso of Lords is also a Wtmse ojf landlords. They own a fourth of iWla&d' Are they, therefore, the right rity to have the final decision of the Mu4get which sete up land taxes? » In the H9 of Commons it is the rule dlit, when Members are likely to be affected by any proposal, they should ab- stain from voting. That rule is observed on J&fcUway Bills and Company Bills of vari- fts kindis., But in the House of Lords a»d very different rule prevails. *ft»tead of refraining from voting on affecting them personally, it seems fc# their rule not to vote at all unless are affected personally. An average iJjjwrtdance of the House of Lords, as Mr. J*if»Bton Churchill has discovered by in- "^•tijgation, is about' one hundred. It is :1 when bills affecting their pockets come 1?^ dealt with that it rises. Then it .'CtygiS up fa something nearer six hundred. < m shall see how many of these six hun- appear to defend their pockets from 7* proper contribution towards Naval X)e- and Old-Age Pensions. » the Lords really throw out the Budget, •possible answer will be, Never In that case it will not so much Constitution that is thx-eatened; it b& much more, the House of Lords itself. JSV take any machine-as long as a remains in its place and does its ■+^9* then that wheel may be left alone %ELif 11 is not very useful. But, once the begins to jam the rest of the gi eJury. then it must be removed. with the House of Lords. It was just as long as it kept in its place, it leaves its place and claims to in- with the taxes, then the people must jfrtnejp lips firmly and make one solemn covenant—"Never, Never Again! tfW i", even if the Liberals win, this thing may happen again every year. 4} j/ Fear the business of the country may ou^ °* ficar- The Treasury tell year that the deficit will be .4%rj,W,ooo. That is as great as any Ik (ii?f deficit in the Boer War. Ca,n that ^°r ever? Do the Lords imagine that th/T50ruts are> wort^ £ 50,000,000 year iJntish people ? • 1*4 °'Tt' w -are faced with all the losses *»fU a war* And. it will indeed —a civil war. # §* L- ».Teek' when you read the debates in r,rememlH>r that th» "ght of the 2S* Wirn \°™m<>ns to tax the country has god for three centuries. Re- 1766*^ Sreat Chatham said as long I grant, is of the Commons distinction between legislation I *ation w Jundamental to liberty. I Remember that Mr. Balfour himself said, only a year ago: It is the House of Commons, not the House of Lords, which settles uncontrolled our financial system. We agree for once with Mr. Balfour. The House of Commons is supreme in finance. If the House of Lords attempts to touch that principle, it will be the first duty of every patriot to put the matter right. No public-spirited man ought to rest until the power of the House of Commons is restored, and taxation once more allied to represen- tation.