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Family Notices







LEGISLATING IN THE DARK, IN both its home and foreign policy, the present Government appears to be copying the manners and customs of the Middle Ages. The treatment of Greece by the Powers of Europe, Great Britain acquiescing, as an example of the foreign policy of the Government, is only equalled by the tyrani- cal conduct of the Government over the Education Bill, as an instance of its home policy. Safe in their mechanical majority, the Government treats all efforts to obtain even information about the Education Bill, as ob- struction, to be met only with the closure, 'or several days, educational experts, some of them supporters of the Government, have been trying to obtain information as to the intentions of tho Government with regard to the proposed Association" clauses of the Bill, but every such request is met with a curt refusal, and the immediate appiica tion of the closure. To show how reasonable are the demands for information on this point, we may point out that the answers which Ministers have condescended to give, are as conflicting in substance at they are vague in character. Sir John Gorst was the first minister who alluded to the subject, and be gave us to understand that about thirty Associations would be formed, each representing about a million of people. Mr. Balfour, just lifts the veil of mystery and shows a different pic ture. The country is to be re-mapped denominationally as well as geographically. Apparently the government does not yet know its own mind on this subject. The general excuse given for not vouch- safing better information is, that the House is only occupied at present in determining whether the "relief" to Voluntary Schools shall be given through the Education De partment, assisted by an Association or distributed by the Education Department without such assistance. But surely it is important in deciding this question, to know what will be the character and scooe of such Associations, and whether they will be worthy of being entrusted with any control of public monies. As it is, the country is expected to vote an enormous sum of money, not knowing how it will be disposed of, nor who shall have the handling of it. In other words the Tory Government asks for a blank cheque, which it c in fill in at pleasure. We very much doubt if the country will submit tamely to these proceedings. The Tories are going about it in the right way to awaken the country to a sense of its mistake at the last election, and already there are signs that a healthy reaction is taking place. But many a year will pass before the country will again have the op- portunity of turning out the present Minis- ters, whose apparent motto is tyranny at home and abroad. By that time we do not doubt but that the cup will be full, and those who now revel in high places will be placed on the shady side of the House.

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