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people feel for this new addition to the vocabulary of British politics. This does not mean that they are strong Home Kulers, but the mere sound of the word Unionist recalls thoughts of Joe Chamberlain and base treachery. Now, let us come to our present member, Mr. J. Lloyd Morgan. It must be confessed that he has done but little to distinguish himself, although he has, to some extent, the advantage of Mr. Abel Thomas in this respect. He has interested himself in one or two little matters, to which local farmers are not wholly indifferent, and he has more than once come down here in September to eat his dinner with us on occasions w hen cattle shows were held. This does not count for very much but, as a son of the late Professor Morgan, he will always wield a great influence among the tillers of the soil in West Carmarthenshire, not only because he is his father's son, but because he is related to, or is by consanguinity or affinity connected with, many of the leading families of farmers from Carmarthen down to the borders of Pembroke- shire and beyond it. West Carmarthenshire is, in a particular degree, the land of Independia, and few Independentsâamong the farming class, at any rate-will vote for Mr. Buckley and against Mr. Lloyd Morgan, even if they are weak in their Liberalism. So far, we have been talking of Conservatives and Liberals; but neither will decide the battle in this case. There is a third party, and no insignificant one, to be reckoned with. With the possible exception of Glamorganshire, no part of rural Wales of similar extent has so strong and intelligent a Labour Party, we believe, as West Carmarthenshire, and that party is grow- ing with unprecedented rapidity. Apparently, many Conservatives do not know of its existence, and even the ordinary Gladstonians are, or pretend to be, ignorant of its growth for they often try to snub the Labour men as a kind of unrrly Liberals who do not go smoothly within the traces. As a matter of fact, some of them are more like Tories, but none of them will consent to be tied to the car of either Whigs or Tories. The Labour contingent will settle the election at its pleasure, and this means that Mr. Buckley is most probably doomed to fail. The new party has several crows to plack with real or pretended Liberals, and its leaders look forward to the day when they will be strong enough to raise quite other issues than those which now engage the atten- tion of the local ministers and small farmers. But the Labour people, in Wales at least, have grown up in an atmosphere of Whig or Liberal traditions, aDd the majority of them have not arrived at that state of mind in which they will vote Tory even to spite the Liberal farmers. In fact, they are not likely to vote Tory at all until Toryism becomes a good fleal more democratic than it has yet shown itself in rural parts. Disestablishment is not one of the questions upon which this new party is unanimous, nor one which it would care to put in the forefront. Nevertheless, taking the con- stituency as a whole, we have little doubt that Mr. Buckley, if he advocated Disestablish- ment, would oust Mr. Lloyd Morgan. But this, of course, Mr. Buckley cannot or will not advocate, Undoubtedly, agriculture is neglected in Parliament, but our farmers are still in- fluenced a good deal by sentiment in shaping their political conduct. Great changes of class feeling and class interests are going on, and the result of elections is always a difficult thing to foretell. Making allowance for all such considerations, however, we cannot see that Mr. Buckley has much chance of becoming our Member.