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Mr. Keir Hardie, M.P,, at I Cwmaman. THE PARTING OF: THE WAYS. AN ELECTION IN JUNE. j Mr. J. Keir Hardie, M.P., was the principal speaker at a social gathering of the Labour Party at Cwmaman on Monday night, arranged to celebrate his return to Parliament, At tho outset, he said that unless the Líber Putv showed more earnestness in 'the matter of Woman's Suffrage they "would get left. Th? movement was making developments of a. very surprising character, and he would not be as- tonished if, within two years from now, a Bill went through all its stages in Parliament, not with the unanimous consent of any particular party, bat with the approval of the leaders of all parties. Hie Mid-Glamorgan fight, continued Mr. Hardie, helped to emphasisa the fact that the parting of the wave was coming between Lib- eral and Labour representation. There had been a great deal of crowing in the Liberal camp over what was described as a great Lib- eral vieffory in that constituency, but of what did that victory consist? That the Liberals and the Tories qombined had been able to hold the seat by a comparatively small major- 11ty against a Labour candidate who was also a well-known Socialist. If anybody had^ reason to congratulate themselves, it was the Socialist and Labour Party, who, at the first time of asking, had polled six thousand votes. A statement made conoertiing Mid-Glamorgan —whioh had also a bearing upon Merthyr-was that the Liberals would not have opposed Mr. Hartshorn if he had been a Labour candidate. He did not believe it. It Mr. Hartshorn had been the mildest and meekest Labour candidal he would have been opposed just the same he was. When ''Mabon" first came out, the Liberals found him an opponent in Mr. F. L. Davis, and if they could have defeated "Mabon" they would have done so. In the • Gower Division the Labour Party bad to fight both Libsrai and Tory before Mr. John Wil- 5ams won the seat. In South Glamorgan also. with Mr. William Brace as member, the local Liberals did their best to get Mr. Leif Jones selected as candidate, and it was only when itie Liberal Whip stopped them from doing so—as he tried to do in the case of Mid-Glamorgan— that Mr. Brace was allowed a clear contest. Observing that the same thing was true of Wes: Monmouth, the speaker concluded that the plain fact was that neither Liberal nor Tory waa going to stand aside to make way for Lab- our until compelled to do so, and the moral was for them to keep the Labour machinery ii- good working order. In the course of 25 years' experience, lie h?»d seen a good deal in the way of political make- believe, but he did not think he had heard anything to equal the that was now going on in the Liberal Press about the attitude of the Government, to the House of Lords. But for the Irish Party, the Govern- ment would have turned tail and run awav from coming to ciosGo grips with the House of Lords. The rumours of compromise over the question meant that the House of Lords were going to oppose the first of the Veto resolu- tions, which took, away from them the power to deal with finance, and then the second reso- lution, which curtailed the power to interfere with other Bill?, was to be shelved until'a more -onYeWe.nt occasion. Th financial Veto reso- I'^tion would leave the position exactlv as n ■vas. It would not curtail in the slightest fegree the power possessed by the House of Lords. It was the second resolution that was of interest te the people.. The statement that the fate of the Budget rested with Mr. Redmond and the. Irish Party was, said the speaker, only half the truth. Mr. Redmond and his party had stated that they were prepared to vote for the Budget and carry it into law on certain conditions. Those conditions were that if the House of Lords re- fused to pass the Veto resolutions, the Govern- ment had either to force these resolutions through, or go to the King, and say the coun- try had returned a majority of 124 to break the power of the Houso of Lords. If the House of Lords refused to pass the same resolutions, the Government would say they were prepared to appeal to the country again; but if they got a majority in the new Parliament, the King would co-operate with them to compel the House of Lords to accept the will of the peo- ple. It was because the Liberal Government would not give that assurance that Mr. Red- mond and his party were refusing to pledge themselves to vote for the Budget. He (the speaker) wanted the responsibility to rest on the right shoulders, and if tho Budget was de- feated, the blame would. not be with the Irish Party, but with the Liberal Cabinet for not having the courage to carry out the mandate which the country gave them. He felt certain that a General Election would take place in June, if not before then, unless the Tories and Liberals came to some under- standing. He did not wish to hold his seat by the favour'of either the Liberal or Tory Party, and would maintain his freedom at all costs. If he could not be a free man inside the House of Commons, he would remain outside. If the electors tn his constituency were prepared to adopt another Labour candidate at the next election, he would cheerfully take the risk, and stand or fall by the result. He wanted ple to feel that it was war, and not politics. The miners of South Wales, the railway work- ers and working men generally, required to have their own party, their own political mach- inery, their own candidate, and they wanted to be able to return those whether they were opposed by Liberal or by Tory, or by both Lib- eral and Tory combined. There had been a great deal said about 'national sentiment and about Welsh Disestablishment, and other ques- tions of that kind; but if the people wanted to get national sentiment, they would not find it amongst the rich Liberals or rich Tories; they had to -get right down to the working classes.


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