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CHRIST CHURCH LITERARY SOCIETY. Should the State provide work for the unemployed ? This was the subject dealt with by the above Literary Society on Monday night at the Church Room. There was a good attendance, and an interesting and animated discussion was the outcome. Mr W. Glass took the affirmative, Mr J., H. Tickle dealing with the negative side of the question. In putting his case before the members Mr Glass said that the State should form farm colonies. There was a great amount of land uncultivated—in Wales alone, there were two million acres—and if these were put under timber it would be one way of providing productive labour. The work that could be provided by local authorities was only of a temporary character, therefore the question before them should be made a national one. The means of communication between one corner and another of our island should be made easier, and produce carried at a cheaper rate. Special roads should also be made for mechanically propelled vehicles, the cost of the latter to come from a tax on the vehicles themselves. Funds for the other works mentioned he would get from income tax, death duties, and land tax. Perpetual pensions ought to be done away with. said the speaker, and he quoted figures shewing what a drain this was on the country. Every man had a right to work, and the State should see that he was employed. Mr Tickle considered that if the State was to provide work it would become a very heavy burden on the rates, and also be a means of putting a stop to private enterprise, in addition to bringing about a lack of discipline. Every description of work would have to be found, and in many instances men would be put on work totally unsuitable for them. The probability also was that a vast amount of money would be spent on useless works. He advocated the giving of a fair field for our trade in all markets. Many of those who were among the unemployed to-day were descendants of people who 60 years ago left the land to go into workshops and factories, with the result that the towns became over- crowded. Physical deterioration, of which we heard so much of to-day, was also due in a great measure to this latter cause. The speaker went on to speak of Trades Unionism, and averred that much misery was due to the tyranical rule of this body. The demand for higher wages was also a means of increas- ing the number of unemployed. If Trades Unionism was re-organised and put on a proper basis, probably half the unemployed would be found work. Unskilled labour constituted the greatest number of the unem- ployed, and he advocated voluntary migration to the land, as in many parts there was a great scarcity of labourers for agricultural purposes. An animated discussion followed in which the Vicar, Messrs Inglefield, E. T. Williams, A. L. Watts, and J. W. Williams, took part. All were agreed that something should be done to assist the unemployed, and that the land question should be one of the chief features of future legislation, but the majority were of the opinion that it was impracticable for the State to find work for all unemployed,


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