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MR BRYNMOR JONES, M.P,, ON LIBERALISM. SPEECH AT FOXHOLE. THE LIBERAL LEADERSHIP. > CAltDIFF UNIONISTS AND MR MACLEAN. On Tuesday evening Mr Brynmor Jones, M.P., delivered an address at Foxhole, near Swansea, the Rev. D. Rees presiding over the meeting. In the ccnrse of his address, Mr BRYNMOR JONES, M.P., alluded to the leadership of the Liberal party. He could not, he said, conceal from them that personally be regarded the resignation of the leadership by Lord Rose- bery as a heavy blow to the Liberal party. He was a person who carried weight in the House of Lords and he carried weight throughout the whole of Europe as being a successful Foreign Minister in more than one Liberal Ministry. And the very fact that a man like Lord Rosebery was the leader of the Liberal party gave them, not only in Parliament, bub in the country, the dignity that was somewhat difficult to maintain without a person of that character and that position. For himself, he did toe quite know why Lord Rosebery thought fib to resign the leadership. He believed, from com- munications that had reached him, even from the ex-Premier himself, that he did it simply and solely out of devotion to the Liberal party But though he did not complain of Lord Robbery's action, yeb he still deplored his decision with regard to the course that they, as Liberal members', had gob to tak« in Parliament, to some extent they look for guidance from their sonstuuents but what he thought about the master was that he saw )io occasion tor taking precipitate action with regard to the election of H. Liberal leader that was urged in soni* quarters. I, (Hear, hear.) A few Peers like Lord Kiinberley, Lord Herseheli, Lord Carringfeon (who was especially entitled to the thanks ot Wales), and a few ushers would remain faithful to the cause of the people, and would elect their own leaders when they came to the beginning of the next cession. As to the Liberals in the House of tJotrmioas, their course was perfectly plain and iimp!f>—they would continue to do battle under she gallant LEADERSHIP OF SIR WM. HARCOURT ■—(cheers)—aud if he mistook not they would aohieve during the next Session of Parhamant even a more glorious victory than they obtained last year. Proceeding, he said Now, I have been talking to you about the present position of ihe pn, rty, and I don't know whether I have beea Able t) give a very encouraging picture of its condition, but let us look at the thing boldly in ihe face. I am sure you will all agree with me chat there is no good pursuing the policy of the ,Dstr cli-iif, good to bury your heads in the sand %nd saying, We are Liberals and everything is for the best." I have given you a candid picture f f the condition of the party. The first thinz is that the Unionist) party is not exactly a Unionist party at all. HOW ABOUT MR MACLEAN itCardift? Mr Maclean turned out) from the representation of Cardiff Sir Edward Reed, who ,vas an excelleritind well-tried Liberal, though he .vas not exactly an enthusiastic Home Ruler. How are they going on there ? I want to tell you this—I have never gone for Mr Chamberlain !ike some of my colleagues in Parliament. I think Mr Chamberlain bas pursued a course that I cannot approve of, but I have never been able to join in the tremendous censure that some members of my party have expressed in regard io his conduct. Now, a large number of the tiiberals of Cardiff when this Home Rule question was started broke off from the old oarty and called themselves Liberal Unionists. rhey formed an organisation of their own, they went againsb their old and tried servant Sir Edward Reed. Mr Maclean was made the Fory candidate. Observe the word Tory." Mr MOiclean never made a secret of it, and the Liberal Unionists went and supported him, with the result that Sir Edward R?ed was turned out IS member for Cardiff, and Mr Maclean was put 'n his place. By the vote^ of whom ? BY THE VOTES OF THE LIBERAL UNIONISTS. Shame.") I do not attack for a single moment the Liberal Unionists but what position do they find themselves in to-day ? I toldfthem when I was member for Gloucestershire I have told them ever since I have been jandidate for this borough-" You don't know the Toty party you are playing their game. You are becoming sponges, and you will be squeezed dry, and then you will be chucked over when they I no longer want you." Well, that is just WHAT HAS HAPPENED AT CARDIFF. And yet people are positively blaming poor Mr Maclean. What for? Why, for being a Tory. But he toid them he was a Tory. Is was nob Mr Maclean's fault that the Liberal Unionists voted for him. He always said he was an Imperialist and a Jingo. He always said he could govern the Empire better than anybody else. He always explained that he was th,) man that should be elected, and if elected would surely bring trade to Cardiff and give 18s a week all round and if he only became member for that great and increasing borough it would not only be a capital thing for Wales bub everybody would never have occasion to be sorry thereafter, (Laughter.) BUT WHAT ABOUT IT NOW ? Surely, they are all going for poor Mr Maclean and why ? All I have got to say j about the matter is that it only proves j the truth of the proposition that the Liberals in Parliament and in the country have been advancing-that there is a real difference between the Conservative party and the Liberal party, Our friends Mr John Gunn, Mr C.wslake Thompson, and the rest of them will have to recognise the fact that it is not well for them to separate from the Liberal party on a question like the revision of relations between Great Britan and Ireland. (Cheers.) But in this difference of opinion ab Cardiff-in the disunion of the Government party-there is an element of hops. (Cheers.) Mr Jones then went on to the foreigu relations of the Government, and after a severe criticism of Lord Salisbury with respect to Turkey and Egypt, he referred to the conduct of the Government in regard to excluding Cowbridge School from the operation of the Welsh Intermediate Ant by which the people of Cow- bridge had lost L500 a year under the scheme. Coming to the WELSH LAND COMMISSION, he said he thought its report the beab survey j ander official sanction ever made of the i3 counties comprised in the area of the inquiry. As to the attitude of the Welsh party, he said he believed they had absolute confidence in each other, and were determined to do their best tor the Welsh cause. They in Wales had a splendid case for separate treatment in many ways, and that not simply from a party point of view. He hailed with sabisfaction the agitation for the formation and maintenance of a National Museum for the sake of Wales and the Welsh people. They did not intend to completely merge their identity as a Welsh nation. They intended to insist upon their right to be treated in regard to all public affairs? as forming a separate entity within the United Kingdom. They wanted, for instauce, in regard to the Crown lands of Wales, to see whether they gob from the revenues of those lands or in respect to the value of them any real and proper consideration on the other aide from the English Treasury. And they wanted to establish for the 13 counties repre- senting Wales a financial relationship similar to that which had been established in other parts of the kingdom. (Cheers.) On the motion of Mr WILKS, seconded by Mr MORRIS DAVIES, Mr Brynmor Jones was oordially thanked.

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