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TO THE ELECTORS OF THE LLANELLY Parliamentary Division OF THE County of Carmarthen. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I You will shortly be called upon to elect a Member to represent yeu in the Commons House of Parliament, and I have the honour of offering myself not only as the adopted Candidate of the Liberal and Labour Association of the constituency, but also as the Official Candidate of the Lloyd George's Coalition Government, for your suffrages. Since war was declared, I have done my best, in season and out, to help the Govern- ment of the day to carryon the conflict to a successful issue. I have been a faithful and an enthusiastic follower of MT. Lloyd George, who has, without a doubt, done more than any other individual in bringing about the great victory of the Allied Powers and the United States of America over the enemy of Freedom and Humanity. How mighty a part in this glorious achieve- ment has been contributed by the daring cf British Seamen, the valour of British Soldiers, the courage of British Airmen, and the sacri- fices of British people can never be fully estimated. This victory of our arms, so splendid and so complete, is, however, the prelude to stern and imperative tasks, which can only be neg- lected or delayed at the peril of our common country. The work of the fighters, so nobly accom- plished, must be sealed and covenanted in the high endeavour of the citizen. THEY haive made the world too diirrgerous for AUTOCRACY. It is OURS to make the world safe for DEMOCRACY. What are the tasks to which Government and people alike are summoned? First of all there is the immediate task of Peace, the great endeavour to lay, anew, the foundations of Europe in Equity and Righteousness. The rights of nations and the aspirations of peoples-both great and small—must find the fullest possible expression. Only for this has the blood of our best and bravest been shed. Only through this can a lasting peace be assured and the nations given the hope of security and freedom from the nightmare of recurring War. Secondly,—Upon such a foundation well ana traly laid must be built the solid temple of the LEAGUE OF NATIONS-the one permanent guarantee- against the evils of Militarism and the one hope for a progressive reduction of Armaments and freedom from Military. Conscription. Thirdly,—A World League" of Nations founded on a clean and righteous peace must be accompanied within these islands by a real LEAGUE OF BRITISH NATIONS. We cannot talk of fraternity among the peoples of the world, and at the same time have discord and strife among classes, con.- munities, and nations here at home. Nationality must find its new expression in healthy rivalry of service in the greater cause of humanity. Our first and most sacred charge mmt be for hose who have been broken in the War —to see that the widow and the orphan receive, so far as is humanly possible, the cars and sustenance which a husband and father can no longer give-to see that the disabled have every aid of Science to restore them to the full opportunities of life, and sufficient pensions for those injuries no care can cure. During the period of demobilisation ample means must be devised to avoid the hardships of unemployment, and to secure the smoothest possible passage from War to Peace Condi- tions. The great work of NATIONAL RE- CONSTRUCTION must proceed without interruption or delay. This Britain of ours, bought anew by the blood of the men and the tears of the women who have suffered and sacrificed during these terrible years of War, must become a real Home-Land, a Land of Homes, and a whole- some Home-life. Land, Housing, Health, Temperance, Education, and Minimum Wage for the Worker must be tackled in a wholly new spirit. Every child, every woman, and every man must be granted conditions that will give each a chance of maximum development for the service of the community. Transport must be under the direct control of the State. To secure a contented Ireland must be one of the first endeavours of Peace. I cannot believe that our Statesmanship will confess itself bankrupt within our islands at the moment when our ideals have proved themselves victorious in the greatest conflict of the ages. The principle of Home Rule should also be extended to England, Scotland, and Wales, in the local mterest and to prevent the congestion of work in Parliament. Devolution is all the more important be- cause of the new outlook on the world' s affairs. The Overseas Dominions must with- out further delay be wrought into closer touch with the Imperial Parliament. The fundamental principle of the Estab- lished Church (Wales) Act must not be inter- fered with, but I favour any arrangement which will penalise neither the Church nor the Nation- on account of the intervention of the War. Worsen, now, for the first time, have the right not only to vote in Parliamentary Elec- t-ons, but also to serve, if elected, as Repre- sentatives of the People in the House of Commons. From the commencement of hostilities they have been in no way behind men in skill, courage and endurance. I am proud to have been a supporter of their cause during my whole political career, and I look Election Addresses. forward to the removal of all inequalities which bear unjustly upon women, or which form a bar to the use of their capacity in any sphere. Since Mr. Lloyd George formed his Coalition Government, we have had the greatest Reform Measure and the best Educa- tion Measure in the history of this country placed on the Statute hi story of this country placed on the Statute ?ook of the Realm. His Government has not been by any means reactionary. To the contrary it has been extraordinarily progressive. The spirit of comradeship, irrespective of parties, which was vital to the passing of far- reaching democratic Measures and to the prosecution of the most gigantic struggle in the annals of history to a victorious termina- tion, is also absolutely necessary to enable us to deal with the difficult problems which now confront us. Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen may vote, though absent from our shores. I welcome this provision in the Reform Act, and I am confident that the courage with which they have answered the call of King and Country will find a fit counterpart in the wisdom with which they will use their new citizenship. Let us not forget that Liberty and Demo- cracy are not ends in themselves; they are only the means towards a fuller and more useful life. They must be consecrated with unselfishness and humility to mutual service. In this spirit I ask for your support and vote, and should you choose me to represent you in Parliament, you may rely upon me to give my best for you and the State. I am, Very faithfully yours,' Josiah Tawyn Jones. Atosfa, Llandebie, Carmarthenshire, 25th November, 19!8.

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