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The Robbery Bill.

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The Robbery Bill. The Government on Tuesday evening passed the Bill for the Disestablishment and Disendowment of the Church in Wales. The vote-registering mechanism was apparently in fairly good working order, as a majority of 77 was secured but what a difference there would have been if the Nationalists had abstained The aid is, of course, re- ciprocal. "You vote for our Disestablish- ment Bill, and we'll vote for your Home Rule Bill." It is simply a part of the bar- gain. This measure is the limit in legislative meanness, and what makes it even more nauseating is the cant in which its principal supporters have indulged. The Bill was wrought forward as the result of a campaign on the part of a small section of political Nonconformists; the petitions recently pre- sented are convincing evidence that a large majority of Nonconformists abhor the pro- visions of the Bill, especially those relating to disendowment. It was a miserable spirit of jealousy at the activity of the Church in Wales which prompted the cam- paign. No one can doubt that the aim is to impoverish and cripple the Church but, as this bald truth was hardly calculated to win votes if cried from every platform, Dis- establishers adopted the hypocritical pose that they were doing it for the good of the Church. Everyone knows that the Welsh Church, although it has been able by the devotion and self-sacrifice of its members to do splendid work, is not at all a rich bcdy, yet this Bill robs it of a large part of its endowments—for its benefit! Was there ever such a piece of rank hypocrisy? And this injustice i", perpetrated at a time when the Nonconformist Churches are severely tasked to raise funds for the maintenance of their work. Disendowment has had an especial charm for the promoters of the Bill throughout the campaign. Without that, they declared, disestablishment was not worth fighting for. On one occasion, in an outburst of refresh- ing candour, the Under-Secretary for the Home Department revealed the motive of the campaign when he declared, "It is a policy with money in it, and that is the only policy worth having."

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