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* '<.: ■■ .t MR. STUART hEIVDEI.…


'< ■■ .t MR. STUART hEIVDEI. 6N DIFFICULTIES OF TBE PROPOSAi* t j THE letter"of Mr Rendel; M.P.,in repTy to tfre Secretary of the Congregational Union, is samewhat. amusing. Mr Rendel does not oppose the formation of a party, and, seeing what he has done in the past, we have nfr reason to anticipate that he will kick over the traces when the party has been formed, forion the whole he has been a good and useful mem- ber. But, says he, something else, or some- thing more than mutual understanding, His wanting to enable Welsh Liberal members to introduce acd place úpop: the Statute Book the great and far-reaching measures now required to satisfy the needs aid aspirations of Wales." So far we entirely agree with Mr Rendel; some- thing more is wanted something more will have to be done, There will have to be, as we pointed out last week, actions as weil al words. Let us continue our quotation from the mem- ber for Montgomeryshire. He says "In plain words, it is idle to fancy that nve.and. twenty Welsh members can extort from a British Parliament disestablishment and land law reform for Wales in advance of similar legisla- tion for, Englal d, unless and until the essential principle of the national unity of Wales for legislative purposes in matters distinctly Welsh is formally recognised by both Houses of the Imperial Parliament." Now, Mr Rendel'* fault is that he places the cart before the horse, He evideotly wants both Houses of Parliament to recognise the distinct nationality of Wales before a.Welsh party has beeu formed to lay Welsh grievances before "both Houses." THTE very object of the formation of a Welsh party, we take it, would be to make known the wants of the Principality, to prove to demonstration that the Welsh are more ripe tor certain lead- ing measures than their English brethren, and so bring about the formal recognition which is so ardently desirtd both by Mr Rendel and onrselves. One thing is certftio-25 Welsh members, in a solid phalanx, can, if they like, obstruct the business of an English Parlia- ment to such an extent that. it will have to consider the ways and means of proceeding with its work What a few Irish members— and they were only a ftw until recently—did to attract the attention of the civilised world to their grievances, the same number of Welsh members may, or ought to, do. Still, we do not suppose that obstruction will become necessary. If a Welsh party once thoroughly agreed upon a measure to bring before the House the sense of fairplay in English and Scotch Liberals, with the aid of Irish Home Rules, would enable any reasonable measure to be carried. As to the questions mentioned in the resolution, they are measures that will take some time to develope, and the sooner mutual understanding and co-operation among the Welsh members themselves aee secured the sooner will the national unity of Wales for legislative purposes be formally recognised.



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