MR. OSBORNE MORGAN AT WREXHAM.|1885-12-25|Llangollen Advertiser Denbighshire Merionethshire and North Wales Journal - Welsh Newspapers Online
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MR. OSBORNE MORGAN AT WREXHAM. Mr. Osborne Morgan, M.P., addressed a meeting of the East Denbighshire "Liberal 200" in Wrex- ham on Friday night. After thanking them for the courage and devotion which they had shown, and which had enabled him to fight one of the hardest battles and win one of the most signal victories of the general election, he said that the position occupied by Lord Salisbury and his colleagues was one of the strangest-if not the most: humiliating—ever held by an English Prime Minister. (Hear, hear.) After accepting the alliance of the Parnellites to save them from the Liberals, they were now appealing to the Liberals to save them from their Parnellite allies. (Laughter.) How was that appeal to be answered ? That was the question of the hour. (Hear, hear.) He was glad to see that the talk of a coalition Government, of which they had heard so much a fortnight ago, had been abandoned, for it was a positive affront to men like Lord Hartington, Mr. Goschen, and Mr. Forster, to suppose that they would join an Administration of which Lord R. Churchill and Mr. Ashmead-Bartlett were members. (Hear, hear.) But then, it was said, why should not Lord Salisbury be allowed to carry out—as it is said he is prepared to do—the Midlothian pro- gramme, and the Tories remain in office, while the Liberals were really in power ? And they were significantly reminded that Tory Governments had before now, under Liberal pressure, carried through Parliament measures which had baffled the energies of Liberal statesmen for years. Now. he was far from saying that such a course might not, from a party point of view, have its advantages, and might not at first meet with some measure of success and, certainly, so far from desiring to offer any fractious opposition to theGovernment,he thought theLiberals would do well to study the unpatriotic action of the Tories when in opposition during the last two or three years, and strive to model their conduct upon exactly opposite lines. (Applause.) But as to this cry for Liberal measures and Conservative men," he doubted whether it would find a response in the country. (Hear, hear.) It was absurd to say to men who had gone through what they had gone through during the last month or two that party differences were obliterated. That might be all very well for men who had shaken the dust of the ii, political arena un uueir reet; but, to say notmng of the morality of such a combination, was it feasible ? Why, the very first thing that would happen when the details of some measure-say of land reform or local government-came to be dis- cussed, would be that the Opposition would be wanting to preps forward, and the Ministerialists would be wanting to hang back, and Lord Salis- bury would find himself in the unenviable position of a man who was trying to drive a pulling and a jibbing horse in the same team. (Hear, hear.) Then there was the Irish difficulty, which must be faced without delay. (Hear, hear.) Now, in regard to Ireland, two things seem to be admitted by most Liberals first, that nothing must be per- mitted which could tend to break up the integrity of the empire and, secondly,. that in some form or other Ireland must have a legislature of her own, capable of dealing, under certain conditions with Irish affairs. (Hear, hear.) But what were those conditions to be, and with what kind of Parliament would Mr. Parnell-to whom the Conservative party had handed over their key of the situation- be satisfied? (Hear, hear.) Was it to be a Parlia- ment like the Legislature of Canada, or of Hungary, or of the States of the Union, or merely a vestry on a gigantic scale ? At present all these questions were wrapped in obscurity, and perhaps the only thing certain was that there was only one living statesman capable of grappling with them, and that was Mr. Gladstone. (Applause.) In any event, the outlook was full of anxiety, if not of peril, and for that they had mainly to thank the egotism of those so-called members of their party who threw away seats in order to gratify their own vanity or self- interest, and those weak-kneed Liberals who refused to see that in the present temper and condition of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, a working Conserva- tive majority was a sheer impossibility, and that by abstaining from the polls, or by throwing in their lot with the Tories, they were playing into the hands of the enemies of all government—(hear, hear)-and were doing their best to bring about a state of things in which government and legislation were all but impossible. (Applause.)


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