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THE FUTIHE OF WELSH LIBERALISM. \DDRESS BY MR T. E. ELLIS, M.P. Speaking on Monday at. a meeting at Barmouth of the Merioneth Liberal :iation, Mr T. E. Ellis, M.P., said:—Tms uJtnual meeting of our Liberal Association, ir. itself and by its agenda, brings home to ij,, the importance of the work of organisa- tion. Bv organisation Welsh Liberalism :ias secured something like its rightful ;hare of influence on local councils, and of representation in Parliament. Sdnce til,- enfranchisement of 1885 there has grown a strong desire for Welsh unity, for the at- tainment in all spheres of public activity oi he ideal of Cvmrun rn. I will remember he meeting held at Rhyl in January, 1387, 'vhen the Liberals of the North Wales con- stituencies, largely at the initiative of ome excellent East Denbighshire Liberals, net to form a federation. The Liber lis of the North met not because they wished to accentuate or maintain or even counten- ince the division of Wales into two, but be- cause they had no responsible means of knowing whether the Southern constituen- cies were ripe for union. The Southern constituencies, however, followed suit, and Almost immediately there was a keen desire for the federations to meet i none conned. This meeting, in one council gave great im- petus to Welsh reform. This method of securing unity of political thought and action was, nowever, weakened and broken ov the existence of two executives meet/ng seperately, Ieciding on different course, f iction, and dominated by an opinion 01 a personality incident to one section of Wales or Welsh activity Each federation did rood work the Northern decreed its own extinction in a desire to secure unity, while the Southern maintained its exL-tence and continuance to do good work, though in a somewhat more restricted area. Since thu election o 1895 and the triumph of forces oitterly hostile to Welsh Liberalism and ts cheri'hed objects, many have felt the ieed (,Ie some method which would from time to time bring representatives of Welsh Liberalism together for discussion of amis, and for concerting means for attaining those .vims. The want of such a method has made it difficult for Welsh Liberalism to mak-) n striking, timely, or effective pro- nounce, nent on the land, the education, iad the Eastern questions, on .vhich indi- vidual Welshmen and groups of Welshman have felt the deepest concern. Every earnest observer must feel that there is now an increasing need for Welsh Liberalism tc meet for discussing concerted action, and ot give power to one executive to organise end stimulate efforts for placing VVVsh Liberalism n a sound basis nationally and in every constituency. To satisfy this need is an object worthy of the most careful thought of every Welsh Liberal. It wis as a contribution to this end that the W¿1h members took steps to submit the question to th,3 consideration of each constituency association. The kernal of this -mmtinci- iton from them is to a. k each constituency whether it desires tnat delegates from *11 Wei* constituencies should meet at Car- dill o consider the political situation in Wale', and to decide whether it is advis- able- to establish some permanent organisa- tion for common action. Persnally, it -leoms to me worth taking great trouble to secure a convention at Cardiff. The WeL-h members will not take steph to summon such a convention unless a decided prepon- rdeance of the constituency associati ms signify tLeir desire for unicn by selecting delegates. If such a preponderance ref lse or fail to select delegates --he opportunity for a representative gathering will for the present be lost, and in my opinion valuable months and perhaps years will slip by witii- uot securing that common understanding and concentration of effort which are esse i- tial to the success if any national under- taking. It seems to me clear and iv Jis- uptable that every constituency association which decides to select delegates places l- self in the current which is making icr Welsh unity. It will thus respect tne ol the soundest instincts which animat 's Welsh activity, and will prepare tre for the day when not alone representative, of a Welsh political party meet to disjuss its needs and methods, but when the repre- sentatives of the whole Welsh people shall meet to make and administer laws for the good government of Wales, and for the completion of the fabric of its national life.



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