Hide Articles List

33 articles on this Page

THE CARDIGANSHIRE LIBERAL.…

THE STRANDING OF THE CAMBRIA.

NEATH FLOATING DOCK.

THE CARDIFF T\VO-REEL SEW…

THE CLERGY AND THE LANDLORDS.

! T. P. O'CONNOR'S LUMINARY.

PONTYPRIDD GUARDIANS AND POSTI…

VOLAPUK.

LOADING THI ASAIA.

AN ELECTRIC INTERVIEW.

A HERO OF SCIENCE,

Advertising

ANOTHER STARTLING SCANDAL.

WILL 1888 BE A YEAR OF

MR BRIGHT AND MR GLADSTONE.

PUGILISTS OF HIGH DEGREE.

Advertising

RAILWAY SERVANTS AND THE GRIER-SON…

FIRES AT BRITON T-RRuy.

PORTH, RHONDDA VALLEY.

THE PROPOSED STATION AT ROATH.

THE LATE MP* ALDERMAN DUNCAN.

DISTRAINING ON LAND FOR .TENANTS'…

RESOLUTE GOVERNMENT IN IRELAND.

Advertising

THE "TIMES" ON GLAMOR!GANSHIRE.

THE HEALTH OF CARDIFF

! MINERS' ELECTRIC LAMPS IN…

LIBERALISM IN CARDIGANSHIRE.

THE REPRESENTATION OF EAST…

News
Cite
Share

THE REPRESENTATION OF EAST CARMARTHENSHIRE. TO THE EDITOR. Sip.,—In your issue for Tuesday, the 27th of December last, I observed a remark to the effect that a request is likely to be made from an influential quarter to Mr Schnadhorst to contest this division when the net vacancy occurs. I do not know whether this is a fact or not, but if is i" I, for one,shall not feel very averse to a change and, from what I have, been able to ascertain, this feeling is shared by the great bulk of the constituency. There can be no doubt whatever that there is a universal feeling of strong dissatis- faction, not to say disgust, throughout the division at the present representation. I believe I am correct in saying that our vener- able member, Mr David Pugh, enjoys the proud distinction of having voted at fewer divisions during the last session of Parliament than any other Welsh member. Of Course I am aware that at hiR great age his constituents sannot expect bJm to be as lively as, let us say, Mr Arthur Williams, or Mr Bowen Rowlands, or Mr Tom Ellis, but I think they have a reasonable right to expect that he should make us a little more sensible of his political existence than he has since he was elected rather more than two years ago. Other members of Parliament occasionally visit their constituents and give an account of their stewardship by addressing public meetings, but Mr Pugh does not even think it necessary to do this. In fact, excepting a short address to the council of the Liberal Association when he was re-elected in 1836, ha has not addressed a s'ngie political meeting since his first election. I do not for one moment pretend to say that Mr Pugh's constituents regret this little omission on his part very much. In tbr cours of the few addresses he delivered during the contest ot 1885 his audiences were treated to more Latin and Greek quotations than a University professor would have given, and this notwithstanding the fact that probably 99 out of every 100 would not know Latin from Sanscrit. Those of us who have had the pleasure of listening to a political oration from Mr Pugh came away with the impression that his remarks were quite as applicable co the solar system or the Gulf Stream as they were to current politics. Again, I say lie is not fit to represent us. His treatment of Nonconformists has been nothing more nor less than a deliberate series of insults. Of course, we all know that Mr Pugh, being a stronR Churchman, his sympathies are entirely with the Church, hut. I should have thought that gratitude alone to Nonconformists to whom he owes his seat in the House ought; to have re- strained him from making such a marked nnd disparaging distinction between them and the church. When Sir M. Lloyd contested the seat in December, 1885, does Mr Pugh believe he had a solitary Church vote? Does he not know that clergymen advocated from the platform the candi- dature of Sir M. Lloyd ? And yet in spite of this ifact, and also that he professes to be in favour of disestablishment, he makes this most insulting distinction. Is there another constituency in the kingdom that would put up with this kind of treatment ? Is the division, or any part of it, under such an obligation to Mr Pugh that, we must put up with him ? And now that it seems possible to have a thoroughly good Radical, why should we not seize upon this opportunity ? If Mr Schnadhorst is looking out for a seat, why should we not invite him to represent East Carmarthenshire 1 There is not a better Radical in the kingdom, and in addition to possessing tbe entire confidence of 1\1r Gladstone and the whole Liberal party, he has the further important recommendation of being a good Nonconformist. Twenty years ago when Air Pugh offered himself for this county, his poli- tical convictions were so shady and unsatisfactory that the Liberals combined together and turned him out. He was then well beyond his 60th year. Is he more pronounced in his Liberalism to-day, when he is between 80 and 90 years of age ?" And now that we appear to be so near the great struggle for so many Liberal reforms for which we have been fightiug so many years, and when every Radical in Parhameut, if we are to get these reforms, not only will require a giant's strength, but will have to use it like a giant. Does anyone who knows Mr Pugh believe that he will give the great Liberal party any real help? Is he sntficientlv strong in his Liberal convictions to represent us' faithfully in these great issues ? Let. his conduct, when the question of equalising taxation came before the House he the answer. Being so largelj7 interested in land, will he give any help to attain equitable land refoim, and place a more fair proportion upon land of taxa- tion than it now bears ? Of course he will not. Then I say let him make room for a better man. He has been tried and found wanting. In con- clusion, whilst apologising for taking up so much of your valuable space, let me express *n earnest hope that Liberal electors in the division will seriously consider whether we ought to let the present opportunity of having a good sound Non- conformist Radical to be our member to pass by. For my own part, I trust they will not.—I am, <fce., GL AN AMMAN. January 19th, 1388,

I SNATCHED FROM DEATH. I---

Advertising

Advertising