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NONCONFORMIST MINISTERS AND THE PENARTH, COGAN AND LLANDOUGH LIB- ERAL ASSOCIATION, _i To the Editor of the Penarth Chronicle. Sir,-f Lis a source of real satisfaction to all true Liberals that at last a Liberal Association has been established for this district, which is likely to be of a permanent character. The idea, underlying its initiation and formation, is no doubt, that it should be a centre of Liberal operations, and a force to attract I and draw together those holding Liberal views in politics, and bind them for strong and united action in future contests. bof,h local and parliamentary. Lack of this organization, was no doubt one, and perhaps the chief cause on our side of our late defeat. And in order to be strong and ready for the next opportunity when it occurs, the newly formed Asso- ciation ought to be supported and backed up by all the Liberals of the district. Unity and co-operation is required to establish the Association firmly and to bring its labours to a successful and victorious issue. 9 At the same time, in order to obtain these desireable ends, the Association will have to haste slowly. In order to get all Liberals to join in hearty and united action, we shall have to take care at every step we take, and exercise discretion and wisdom. Our opponents work and co-operate like machines. The touching of the party laver is enoagh for them' But e aa a party work on a higher and worthier prin- ciple. It is a matter of judgement and conviction with us, and so we say we ought to be very care- ful not to do anything to give any offence or sow the seeds of discord. I have penned the foregoing observations in good ftllth; in consequence of bearing from a reliable source, that one of the Wards; the Central I believe, in its meeting to elect its quota to form the Liberal Two Hundred has made in my opinion a grand blunder. I am given to understand that at that Ward's meeting a resolution was passed, or an understanding come to —<4 wbich has the effect of disfranchising and excluding- the Nonconformist ministers in that Ward from being members of the TwoHundred. If that is so, I pro- nounce the reslution unwise andillegal, and likely to be a cause of friction and disorder, and is surely to prove an unpleasant offence. Isay that the resolution is an unwise one, and not in accord and unison with the objects of the forma- tion of the Association. That object obviously is to bring ALL the Liberals of the district into thorough working order and sympathy with the objects of our party, without any distinction, and without anyrefer- ence, or mention, of class, creed, or profession. And the Liberals of that particular Ward, must admit that in our present disorganised state we want the help of every Liberal to retrieve the fortunes of our party. It is out of all reason to offend any class at this political juncture, and we cannot afford to exclude or ignore any person, be he what he may, if he hold our polit- ical views. But in face of all this, the resolution referred to is in direct antagonism to the letter and spirit of that object. And I am bound to say that I consider the proceedings of the Ward in this matter as most unwise. The meeting has also committed an illegal act as those who composed it were not empowered or instructed to pass such a resolution. What the meeting of Liberals at which lit was decided to form an Association, instructed the several Wards to do was to nominate a certain number to be members of the Two Hundred. They were not instructed to consider the propriety of excluding any class, creed, or profession. The simple work of the Wards was to elect their number irrespective of any reference to I any class and therefore this resolution of exclusion is not a legitimate act. I Further, this resolution will cause friction and disorder. If there are reasons for excluding the ministers residing in that particular Ward from being on the Two Hundred, then the same reason holds good as to ministers in general through the district and all ought to be excluded. But it is not to be so, tor another Ward, disagreeing with this resolution of the Central Ward, has passed a resolution unani- mously that ministers are eligible to be nominated on the Two Hundred. Now there are two Wards clashing on this matter. That is not a happy begin- ning, and will not help to bring about the unity and co-operation contemplated when the Association was established. Besides this resolution is sure to cause offence, and create illfeeling. It is a thousand pities that the matter was ever broached. And those who voted for this resolution, cannot call themselves consistant Liberals, as their work proves itself most illiberal. The meeting ought to have considered the nature of the work it had to perform, and the scop and extent of its authority, and what would be the natural con- sequences of its proceedings. It stands to reason that the excluded ministers, cannot tako this resolution in a kindly spirit or look upon it in a favourable light. They most likely will doubt the purity of the motives of those who moved and acquiesced in the matter. Perhaps it will be looked upon as an attempt to revenge; springing from certain jealous quarters. What have the ministers done that they should have been singled out at all ? Is it what they did prior to the District Council Election ? They only did then what the two political parties, ought to thank them for doing. And whatever were the effects of that election for some Liberals, nobody in truth and honour can hold the ministers responsible for those effects. You may rest assured there are others in the Liberal community in Penarth more worthy of censure than the Nonconformist ministers, and this unwise action, it is feared will make the ministers politically lukewarm, and estrange them from action on behalf of the objects of the Association, and this will be a sad loss to our party. I say therefore that this offensive resolution, ought not to be allowed to remain on the records of the Association to disgrace its annals at the commence- ment of its history. The Nonconformist ministers, should it come to that, can righteously claim and demand, from their profession and position, and as citizens and ratepayers, to have their proper place, and that a conspicious place in the party. Ministers have been the foremost politicians in Wales. It is to their teaching and guidance that the Welsh are a nation of Nonconformists and Liberals. And they at the present time ought to be in the fore front of the battle for religious equality. And every illadvised effort to thrust them aside ought to be repudiated and condemned. Look at the Parsons, how they work for their party. Would any Conservative Association be unwise enough to dr the Parsons from being members ? Never Then let the Liberals of the Central Ward learn wisdom from their opponents. Yours, SIGMA.

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