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| --Watcyn Wynj

IBryn Sion, Trecynon.

-------Lloffion Gwleidyddol.

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Young Liberals' League. SENIOR M.P. AT TRECYNON. COUNCILLOR M. J. HARRIS'S RETORT TO MR. KEIR HARDIE. Mr. Edgar Jones M.P., addressed his first meeting at Trecynon on Saturday evening. It was held under the auspices of the Young Liberals League at Eben- ezer Chapel, which was crowded. There were present Councillors M. J. Harris (in the chair), T. Lewis, T. Wal- ter Williams, B.Sc., H. H. Evans, M.E.; Revs. T. Powell, J. Grawys Jones, J. M. Jones, M.A., J. Morgan, and J. D. Rees; Messrs. D. Williams, D. L. Edmunds, J. Aubrey Roberts, B.A., sec. of the Young* Liberals League; Evan Williams, treas- urer, and a good muster of the Young' Liberals. The Chairman said he was pleased to be present on behalf of the Young Liber- als League to welcome their Senior Mem- ber. He trusted that his visit would be the means of inspiring more enthusiasm into the younger Liberals. He considered that in the light of the Mid-Glamorgan contest the Young Liberals were justified in the course they were adopting. In view of what their Junior Member had said the other day, he (the speaker) was not sure whether he ought to have been there that night. Mr. Keir Hardie had said that a grocer had no convictions. (Laughter.) But personally he could see no difference between the man who sold the necessities of life and the man who sold the "Labour Leader." Probably there was more profit in paper than in sugar. (Laughter and applause.) Mr. Edgar Jones, M.P., who was re- ceived with rousing cheers, said that he simply wanted a little talk with his con- stituents and to give a brief account of his stewardship. He had already dis- covered that an M.P.. could be very use- ful to the various 'public bodies and also to various individuals living in the con- stituency. He had moved in the matter of obtaining at least one lady inspector of factories conversant in the Welsh language, and he had approached the President of the Board of Trade with the view of increasing the usefulness of the Labour Exchanges to colliers who were thrown out of employment from time to time. Proceeding to deal with the political situation, the speaker exhorted the aud- ience to be patient with the Government in the present crisis. He appealed to them to hold their judgment in suspense for a short time longer. He would never forget the throb which accompanied the following words uttered by Mr. Lloyd George the other day: If we could have the necessary patience, comrade- ship, and courage, we might even now win a great victory for the people of this country, but without that spirit of trust and of comradeship and of courage we shall lose all—everything." They were all aware that Mr. Asquith did not have what he had from 1906 to 1909, an inde- pendent majority of his own. If he had that majority they would expect him to go straight ahead. Up to the present his wonderful strength had held the party together. Mr. Jones then referred to the difficult situation Mr. Asquith had been placed in owing to amendments moved. He (Mr. Jones) had a speech ready on the amendment on the Navy Estimates. He felt it was a shame to spend an additional ^85,000,000 for arma- ments, but after all, the amendment would avail little, and he reserved that speech till some more opportune time. The real issue-The Veto-was reached on Easter Tuesday. The Veto simply meant to place certain resolutions in writing, resolutions which had been in practice for hundreds of years. He sin- cerely hoped that the Irish Party would see their way to support Mr. Asquith, after the Veto had been sent to the Lords, in passing the Budget in its present form. (Applause.) He was dis- posed to think that the next General Election would be fought on the question as to whether the King should give guar- antees, that is, create a sufficient num- ber of Liberal Peers to swamp the Tory majority in the House of Lords. The Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., Aber- dare, offered his congratulations to Mr. Edgar Jones for the way he had spent his first three or four months in the House of Commons. He congratulated him also on his maiden speech, though he felt sorry that Mr. Edgar Jones had not had an opportunity of delivering that speech on the Navy Estimates. Liberal Govern- ment or no Liberal Government, Mr. Jones ought, as a successor to the peace- maker, Henry Richard, to protest against the swelling expenditure upon weapons of war. (Applause.) He did not think the Government had a right to spend more and more upon such things, while there remained so many other ways in which money might be more profitably spent. (Applause.) Unfortunately the circumstances of the political situation were such that no effective protest could be made this year. Proceeding, Mr. Jones said he did not mind the existence of a Second Chamber. What they must see to is that it should be made a.s harmless as possible. The one thing that would be necessary in the country would be that all the friends of progress should be able, with a clear conscience, to join hands and fight shoulder to shoulder the great battle against poverty and destitution. (Ap- plause.) It was a great problem. in South Wales to discover how, by toleration, could the progressive forces combine to- gether for a common object. It was a great pity that a contest had taken place in Mid-Glamorgan. They were all agreed upon a policy of abolishing poverty so far as possible, then why on earth could not they join hands in order to accomplish it. Councillor T. Walter Williams said that he'would first make a confession of political faith. He had no love for second chambers of any kind. He had no desire to see the House of Lord replaced by any Chamber. It was erroneously held that a Second Chamber was neces- sary in order to check hasty and ill-con- ceived legislation. He was, however, in L'avour (f making the House of Commons r more representative. He favoured limit- Lng the number of M.P.'s. He would stablish the principle of "one man one rote," fncluding of course "one woman me vote." (Hear, hear.) He was also :11 favour of paying M.P.'s a small salary. He (the speaker) was convinced ;hat King Edward was diplomatic enough lot to refuse to sanction the course con- ;emplated by Mr. Asquith, inasmuch as le had a majority at his back. When ;he Veto of the House of Lords would be I ibolished he had no doubt that the House )f Commons, would embark upon a most iseful career of legislation.' (Applause.)


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