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GLASS-HOUSE POLITICS. Mr. Moss is not altogether a novice in electioneering warfare, and we are bound to pay him the compliment of having learnt that first political axiom that those who live in glass-houses should not throw stones. We wish, however, he would exercise a stricter supervision over the impetuous journalistic henchmen who are fighting his battle for him in East Denbighshire. It has apparently occurred to one of these scribes in a flash of genius to analyse Mr. KENTON'S record of work during the time he represented Denbigh Boroughs. It is not a complete analysis, but we take it as far as it goes. On the authority of the writer we find that during the four sessions of last Parliament there were 835 divisions in the House of Commons, and that Mr. KENYON took part in only 195 of them. This may appear to the uninitiated a terrible dereliction of duty on the part of the represen- tative of the Denbigh Boroughs, but everyone who knows anything about Parliamentary life knows that the division lists are but a poor criterion of the actual time which any member may put in at the House of Commons. One night he may attend for a few hours during which the division bells are clanging all the time, and the members are trooping through the lobbies in an almost incessant stream. The member who is lucky enough to be present on such a night finds to his astonishment that he has made quite a respectable record in one sitting. On the next night perhaps the divisions will be few and far between, and the weary M.P. may sit through long dreary hours of debate and scarcely ever be summoned to the division lobby. Our readers will therefore see that the actual number of divisions recorded against the name of any particular member is not even a rough approximate of his atten- dances in the Commons. We have, however, no desire to labour this point, inasmuch as we are happily in a position to reply to Mr. KENTON'S critic with his own weapons. The only possible object of such an analysis as the journalist publishes is to shew Mr. KENYON up as neglecting his Parliamen- tary duties,* with the obvious insinuation that if Mr. Moss had been there instead, he would have shewn immeasurably better results. Mr. Moss has not yet had an opportunity of demon- strating what he can do as a regular attendant in Parliament, but we are luckily able to gather what he has done in a similar capacity as a representative of the ratepayers in Chester Town Council. A record is kept of the attendances of the town councillors at Council and committee meetings throughout the year, and from that we can see how Mr. Moss has discharged his sacred trust to the free and enlightened burgesses of Chester. We have here not the illusory figures of divisions, which may mean 20 divisions at one meeting and two the next, but the actual number of times the members attended the meetings to which they were summoned. From the printed table at the close of last municipal year, we find that Mr. Moss was summoned to 62 Council and committee meetings, and put in an appear- ance on only 23 occasions. The statistics for the present year are not yet issued, but from the monthly copies of the Corporation minutes now issued in printed form, we have been able to compile Mr. Moss's record for the present year, commencing with last November to the present time. By working out these figures we arrive at the conclusion that out of the 55 Council and Committee meetings to which he was summoned, Mr. Moss, the tribune of the people, honoured the Town Hall with his presence on no fewer than 15 occasions. Fifteen out of a highest possible of fifty-five is the record to which Mr. Moss must plead guilty. The details are not uninteresting. As most people are aware, the great bulk of the Town Council work is done in committees, and it is here that Mr. Moss is conspicuously absent, although, like all Councillors who are weak in committees, he makes a strong point of putting in as many attendances at the full dress Council debates as possible, because there the reporters are present, and through the medium of the Press Mr. Moss is able to shew his confiding supporters what a singularly attent ive representative they possess. Thus out of a total number of 11 Council meetings during the present year Mr. Moss has made the miraculous aggregate of 9 attendances. The committee record, however, is very different reading for Mr. Moss's admirers. Judged by the number of its meetings the Public Health Committee is the most important of Mr. Moss's municipal engagements. He was invited to a attend 21 meetings of the Public Health Coia, mittee during the present year, and his name appear s only twice on the minutes. Public health evidently has no attraction for Mr. Moss. There is not enough of the polemical element in questions of sanitation, drains, and so forth. The Technical Instruction Act Committee met once, when Mr. Moss is returned as absent. The Sew ering Committee met eight times, yet Mr. Moss, with his accustomed solicitude for the health of the people, did not deign to, put in an appearance at a single meeting. The Local Government Act Committee held five meetings, but Mr. Moss was absent from all except one, and last o all the Finance Committee had nine meetings, at which Mr. Moss.registered three attendances. We have; preserved the materials from which these figures are compiled, and we shall be glad to shew them to any of the East Denbighshire electors, if they care to examine them. We make only this stipulation-that if any of Mr. Moss's Rhos supporters call at this office, they must leave all their lethal weapons outside. We have not hitherto thought it necessary to employ a body-guard, and we are unaw,ur.tomed, in quiet old Chester, to the use of brickbats and such like missiles as a-gu- ments in favour of disestablisbmeut, religious equality, and brotherly love.




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