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The Incorporation of the Rhondda. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader." Sir,—Your correspondent, Corporus," is to be highly commended for his endea- vour to ascertain the truth in regard to one of my statements in opposition to a Charter. I have known of many approach- ing the legal fraternity for the purpose of obtaining their opinions on legal ques- tions, but" Corporus is the only per- son known to me who has ever approached a lawyer to obtain the truth. If the philosophers of the past ages who applied the query, "What is Truth? only knew of Simon (of Merthyr), they would have exclaimed, Upon this rock we shall build our philosophy." Mr. Simon, like Simon Peter of old, after much swearing against my statement, admitted a loss of jE27 6s. 6d. on the Penydarren houses even last year, while my statement applied to the past few months. The state of trade in that locality at present justified my state- ment—and I wish to add one other state- ment—that in times of depression, when the tenants of borough house property fail to meet their obligations, such depres- sions affect the general ratepayers doubly. In times of prosperity the Borough Coun- cil makes no profit of the tenancy, and in times of depression the loss must be made good by the industrious ratepayers. Is that justice? Mr. Simon fails to see that the housing question has anything to do with Incorporation. No one knows better that it does. Under the present mode of local government, there is a possi- bility of such a question being indefinitelv postponed if the electorate are unprepared to agree to such a policy but under an incorporated body, even a minority of such a Council, who may compose the Housing Committee, if they happen to be promoters of such a scheme, can easily plunge the ratepayers into an enormous debt to meet their desires. Whatever may be the merits of such a scheme in a dis- trict where a scarcity of houses exists, and where private speculators are prone to undertake such risks, there is no reason why a sub-committee should be empowered with absolute privileges to undertake such a scheme, or any other scheme, in a dis- trict such as ours, which has. unhappily, passed the zenith of its commercial glory. The proposals of sub-committees of Dis- trict Councils are invariably subjected to the sanction of the general Council, while Borough Committees possess almost equal powers in many cases to those of the general Boroucrh Council. Surely, there is more safety and protection to the general ratepayers under our present form of local administration. The population of the whole of the Rhondda area is* entirely dependent upon one commodity alone for the means of their existence. We do not possess a variety of industries which could be relied upon in case some- thing unusual should happen to create a lesser amount of employment in that par- ticular branch of industry. Is it im- possible that a scientific discovery may be made within the next ten or twenty years which would lessen the demand for our precious commodity ? It may be a dole- ful prognostication," but the fact that we are so entirely dependent upon such limited spheres of employment for our great population will have to be reckoned with before a Charter and its expensive possibilities will be granted. There is another reason why a Charter will not be granted—and which this con- troversy proves beyond dispute-that is, that no person outside the limits of Tony- pandy has any real desire for a Charter, or. if such a desire exists, the absence of correspondence in your \tiluah £ e columns proves that there is no enthusiasm what- ever existing upon the question. The Question of obtaining a Charter had a very stupified effect upon two members Of the Council last Friday. When the naIUe County Council was mentioned by Councillor J. D. Williams, one of them suggested going on strike, and the other agreed. It was the conciliatory spirit of the Chairman that saved the situation. They will be obliged to work on the same conditions for a long time yet. Charters of Incorporation are conferrable only upon towns and cities. The Rhondda does not acknowledge any of its centres as its chief towns, which is a most important P°int in the struggle for a Charter. The Rhondda ratepayers, some time ago, demanded the unification of the District demanded the unification of the District and the Poor Rates. The Council has r done aU in its power to achieve such a 1eform, and its realisation is within siVht. I The members of Nos. 6 and 7 Wards with- out exception supported the economic deform. Talk about quick-change artistes, our representatives can change their opinions upon the most important sub- Jects in half the time any artiste could

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The Incorporation of the Rhondda.

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