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MERTHYR YOUNG LIBERAL LEAGUE. ENTHUSIASTIC PUBLIC MEETING. SPEECHES BY MR EDGAR JONES, M.P., AND MR. CLEMENT EDWARDS. That the Merthyr branch of the League of Young Liberals will be a power at future Parii- amentary elections was amply demonstrated on Saturday night, when the first public meeting under the auspices of the League was held at thf Drill Hall, undfer the chairmanship of the president, Mr Fred Jones. The hall was well with an enthusiastic audience, and upon the platform were ladies and gentlemen who h-id been instrumental in successfully launching the organisation. It had been announced that Mr. E. G. Hemmerde, K.C., M.P., would be present, but ill-health prevented him fulfilling the engagement, and a worthy substitute was found in Mr. Clem. Edwards, ex M.P for Den- high Boroughs, who at the last election lost his seat by a few votes. Among those on the plat- :wm were, Aid. D. W. Jones, Mr. W. L. iJaniel, Mr. H. H. Southey, Mr. D. D. Wil- Ijams. Mr. Isaac Edwards (Liberal agent), Mr. Percy Williams, Mr. Dd. Price, Mr. D. C. Harris, Mr J. A. Daniel, Mr. Frank Phillips, Aid. J Morgan, Mr. W. R. Edmunds, Rev. J. D. Jones, Rev D. G. Evans, Mr T David, Miss J. Edwards, Mr. B. Jones (secretary), Irs. Llovd Mrs. T. Thomas, Mrs. Thomas, MFS. T. W. Lewis, Mrs. Harry Evans, JUiss M. M Jones (treasurer), Miss S. Price Mhs M. Morgan, Miss G. Jones, Miss C. Griffiths, Miss A. Davies, Mr. H. R. Jones (Beechwood) acted as captain of the stewards. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said that meeting was an assurance that the League would become a strong political force in the constituency The League was a tremen- dous power in various parts of the country dur- ing the recent election, and in the contest to come he hoped that the Merthyr League would supply an amount of enthusiasm and energy which would be for the welfare and permanent good of Liberalism (applause). Mr Dd. Price moved, "That this meeting expresses its hearty approval of the veto re- solution now before Parliament, and pledge* itself to support the Prime Minister in securing the supremacy of the House of Commons." He said this was the first party league which admitted women into its ranks. They hoped to enrol all the ladie; present that night—or those who were in sympathy with their pro- eramme. He hoped when other ladies in the Borough heard of the work the League was doing they also would enrol themselves as mem- bers (applause).—Mr. Percy Williams seconded the resolution. Mr. Isaac Edwards, in supporting, said the League would enable all liberals, young and old, to do some work for the (a. se. The Leagu" would see that those who were entitled to votes were upon the registers, and help to send to the House of Commons solid people to study the case for Wales (applause). He referred to the fact that Mr Edgar Jones had worked ex- ceedingly hard in the House since fcis election. THE CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. Mr. Clement Edwards, who was well received, said he would like to take that opportunity of offering the electors of Merthyr his hearty con- gratulations upon the election of Mr Edgai Jones to be one of their members applause). Mr. Jones was young, brilliant, anri enthusi- astic (applause), and he trusted that his con- nection with the Borough would shed distinc- tion upon it, and that he would win the same political glory as did tho late-lamented Henry Richard (cheers). We were to-day standing on the verge of the gravest constitutional crisis that had arisen in this country since the year 168B. There had been a great conspiracy againsi dercceiacy on the part of Tariff Re- formers. In regard to financial legislation, the position h .<i been understood not during the last few yys,rs, but through the centuries; there had been no change and no question that the House of Commons was absolutely and solely supreme. During the last fifty or sixty years the House of Lords had exercised ths power of the Second Chamber, but as the caucus of the Tory Party (applause). He re- ferred to how the House of Lords had dealt with Liberal as compared with Tory Bilk For the last sixty years there had been a single f ha.r.ber Government while the Tories were in rower, and only a double chamber Govern- ment when the Liberals were in power (hear, hear). Last, year they made the gravest attack upon the prerogative of the Crown and upon tho rights of the people that had ever been attempted since James the Second had to fly from the throne. They usurped the functions, the prerogative of the Crown by seeking to determine that the dissolution of the House of Commons should tako place, in infringing the rights of the people by saying that they—the representatives of 400 families—should show how the taxes of this country should, be raised. Why was the election snatched? Why was the position rushed, and the Budget rejected? Be- cause the Tariff Reformer8 maàeup their minds that if the Budget got through it would be hopeless for Tariff Reform. People who clamoured for Tariff Reform were not old peo- ple who remembered the days of • the forties, but they were the youngsters, people who did not read and study sufficiently, and who had had no knowledge of the horrors of the dark days of protection If there was an election within the next three months what was going to be the The issue at the last election People versus Peers, but if there was to be another election it would mean that the Peers had gambled with the monarchy of the country. It would be the gravest issue that had ever been put to the electors of this coun- try—either the King woutd give the guaran- tees, in which case there would be no election, or he would deo!in« to do so, and in that event there would be an election to decide whether His Majesty was to give the guarantees or not. The King had been brought into the fight. The House of Commons was supreme in the matter of finance; the House of Com- mons declared that there should be no conflict between the non-representative and represen- tative House: that the representative House should prevail, otherwise the votes of the elec- tors were reduced to a nullity. That after- noon he visited in company with Aid. D. W. .Tones, the CyfarthfaCutle. where Merthyr's Museum was to be established. He thought it would be a good thing to put the House of J lOrds in that museum—they would earn a lot of money to make up for the loss they had caused, the Exchequer by the rejection of the Budget (loud lauehter). He appealed to the members of the Young Liberal League to re- member that there might not be peace; there might not be the solution which was hoped for within the next few weeks, and that they were fnce to face with an election. He appealed to Liberals to organise and work. and not surren- der the position that no Liberal Government f hall take office except. upon the sacred basis "r complete representative Government ichN!rn\ • waiting for Mr: Edgar Jones's arrival Abordare. Miss Maggie Jones and Mr. W. R. Edmunds delivered short addresses, as- suring the audience that the League was going to be a great force and power in the Merthyr Borough (applause). WORK IN THE COMMONS. Mr. Edgar Jones, M.P., whose arrival on the platform was the signal of a wild outburst of cheers, delivered an interesting address. He said there never was such a call for Liberalism as at the present time. There must be a gathering together of all sections of the com- munity, irrespective of private or class inter- est, or age, or anything else; a gathering to- gether of all the Liberal forces for the pur- pose of endeavouring to broaden out the in- stitutions of representative Government. They were engaged in a great conflict, and thev could not win it unless they could carryall communities along with them; they would never win in a spirit of narrowness or bicker- ing, misunderstanding or division. There must be Young Liberal Leagues composed of the young men and women (applause). There were many things that a member of Par- liament was supposed to do. It had been a great pleasure to him to discover in how many ways he could help his constituents. He had received numerous applications, and he had gone to one Minister and another in order to try and get a "leg up" for'somebody or remove a little difficulty out of the way. He was at the outset advised that while following the general camp he should also be something spe- cial. In the army there were privates, oorpor- als, and sergeants, butchers and barbers, and men of various trades. Well, he had decided to be a barber (laughter). He started by trying to shave the Secretary for the Home Depart- ment. but Mr. Churchill would not sit down to be wobbled (laughter). But he sent Mr. Master- man to be performed upon. The previous day he (Mr. Jones) interested himself in the ques- tien of Welsh speaking workshop inspectors for Wales, and received a promise that when a vacancy occurred the question would be con- sidered (applause). He had taken ftn interest in what was the crux of the whole question of unemployment—the question of boy labour in great towns. Boys were so employed that At the age of eighteen or so they were turned adrift without any calling, and- many became paupers or criminals. IF THE BUDGET IS REJECTED. He was sent to the House of Commons to help to do one great thing, to settle the ques- tion of the House of • Lords,. and to get the Budget passed. The hon. member explained at length the difficulties of the Government, and the tactics adopted to get the support of the Irish and Labour parties. The people must not expect Mr. Asquith to be able to go a straight course, as he could have done if he had had an independent majority. So the Lib- erals bad voted to keep the Government In, as he hoped they would do until they had, settled the question of the House of Lords. The Irish Party said they could not vote for the Budget Why, he (Mr. Jones) could not understand. But he supposed that the enemy had succeeded in persuading the poor farmers of Ireland that the tax would come upon them, which was totally wrong. The Budget would not put a half- penny upon agricultural land. The Government were in a desperate situation, and the great question would be settled on Monday ni#ht. The Irish Party would* have the Opportunity of vot- ing for or against the Budget; io either carry or throw it out. The Government would have no case if the Budget were defeated. They were bound to carry it before they could go to the Lords and say they had been condemned for the t.¡, unconstitutional act they committed last year, and that they demanded it should be put right for over (applause) If the Irish Party threw out the Budget it would be a great disaster to the democracy of this country. He wuold like to remind the Irish Party, and he would do so in the House of Commons if he had the oppor- tunity, that in 1884 the Welsh member? placed Welsh Disestablishment on one side to stand by Ireland (applause). They had allowed Ire- land to block the way, and he (Mr. Jones) now had the right to say, "Here is the Budget that grants two millions a year to Ireland and only. asks half a million a year for it. Here's the Budget brought forward by our distinguished countryman (cheers). Here is the measure that means life or death to the or Irish men and women in Dowlais and Welshmen through- out the whole of South Wales" (cheers). I live in hopes, continued Mr. Jones, that the disaster won't, happen. In conclusion, he said that until the great fundamental arrangement of representative Government was put beyond outrage for ever the Liberal Government were going to resist everything. He urged all Liberals to join the League, and form a solid or?ani -ntion. He would offer one word of advice—they could gain nothing by saying nasty things about their enmy (almlau). Mr. J. A. Daniel proposed, and Mr. D. C. I Harris seconded, a vote of thanks to the speak- ers Mr. Edgar Jones, who responded, pro- posed a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded bv Mr F Phillips, an-l carried. Mr. Jones and Mr. Edwards also »ddres«ed • a meeting at Aberdare on Saturday. ;)1"; re- port will be found elsewhere.

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