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MR. EDGAR JONES, M.P., AT ABERAMAN. Sir,—After reading the address of lr. Edgar Jones, M.P., in Saron Chapel on current politics, defending the present Government, and also Mr. Artemus Jones in the same place, 1 have come to the conclusion that it was a very weak defence indeed. From my point of view they made a very good case for sending more Labour Members to Parliament. Mr. Edgar Jones said that the last session was the most re- markable in its history, because it was the year one for the Liberal Party. "The Liberal Party had not been in power before, although they had been in office." Now that is very puzzling to me. I-heard Liberal members years ago claiming honour for what the Liber- al Party had done. How can Mr. Ed- gar Jones say that "the Liberal Party had no chance to do anything until thev upset the House of Lords." How did the Liberal Party pass such measures as Old Age Pensions, Compensation, etc., years ago? Mr. Edgar Jones says, "If they are going to judge the record of the' Liberals let them start with last year." What an argument, to be SUIü Mr. Jones mentioned Home Rule and Disestablishment which the Government passed in the Year One. Although we as working men are in favour of Home Rule and Disestablishment, we consider Old Age Pension and Compensation far. more necessary than the above. There are some good points in the Insurance Act no doubt, and there are also de- fects. To-day, as an instance, I heard an old lady complaining about her daughter being out of work. Her father has been ill for many years, and they were depending to a great extent on the daughter's earnings. Before the Insurance Act was passed she was out charing every day, but now people are dispensing with her services. There are many, no doubt, in the same posi- tion, and there are many other defects in the Act. Mr. Jones said There I were 10,000,000 workers outside the Unions who could not afford to pay to- I wards getting better conditions." That is certainly a point we as working men ought to consider. It is no credit, to the Liberal or the Tory Party that so many millions are so poor. The trade of our country-was never so good as it is at present, and yet there are millions of workers too poor to pay their trade union and friendly societies. Where are all the millions that are made on the increased trade going to? The working man who produces this trade receives only a trifle. Mr. Edgar Jones contra- dicts himself. He said that "several attempts had been made in the past to put the burden of taxation on the people best able to bear it, but it had remained for Mr. Lloyd George to succeed in do- ing so by means of the super tax and the Death Duties." Then he says, "Strikes were the biggest mistakes in the world. The people who had the wealth and did not mind an occasional revolution, were not afraid because they knew they could put the screw on later." Yes, sir, we know to our sor- row that they can put the screw on. Lloyd George or not, they are sure to get their own back from the public. Land owners, coal owners, railway shareholders, etc., it is all the same, they do wring it out of the public. Mr. Jones said, "Mr. Lloyd George did not mind finding money for Dreadnoughts because he had made the people who shouted for them pay for them." My dear sir, they are still spouting for more Dreadnoughts, and that proves that they do not pay, and if they did pay, they would take jolly good care to "screw" it out of others, as he said. The Income Tax proves that they are not paying. The ten million we men- tioned above, amongst others, have got to pay it, and that is one of the reasons that they are so poor. The land ques- tion was mentioned. I must plead guilty that I am one of the "men in a hurry." The Liberal Party is not in a hurry, I am sure. Where have they been in the past? The reason is ob- vious. There are too many landowners in Parliament. That is a very good reason who we should increase the Labour Party. Instead of the Labour Party making a "mess" of it, I believe Mr. Jones has made a mess of it. As a supporter of the Labour Party, I should like if Mr. Jones would let the electors of Merthyr Boroughs know more about the "mess" the Labour Party have made. I daresay they would come to a different conclusion about the "mess." The Labour Party wanted to abolish the House of Lords. I would like to know how lr. Jones voted on the amendment of the Labour Party in favour of the abolition of the House of Lords. If the House of Lords is such a stumbling block on the path of progress Mr Jones has proved that the Labour Party was right. Ir. Artemus Jones made out a very stiong case for the Labour Par- ty. He said, "Tt was because they had such men as Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. John Burns in the Cabinet—men who had known poverty—that they were able to do what they were doing," Mr Edgar Jones said at Trecvnon that the landowners always took' the cream, while the workmen got the skimmed milk. Another point in favour of hav- ing more Labour Members. As a sup- porter of the Labour Party, I say the two Joneses have made a very poor de- fence of the Liberal Party. Yours, CYMRO

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