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Welsh Senior Cup Draw.




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Death of Major-General White-head,…



The Question of Health.

Lord Powis on the Lords.


Lord Powis on the Lords. Presiding over a meeting held in support of Colonel Pryce-Jones, at Welshpool on Monday, Lord Powis asked what had occurred to cause a disturbance of Christmas trade, and why were they plunged into a General Election ? They were told by some members of the Govern- ment that the peers forced the election, but Mr Asquith said he wanted more emphasis behind him to carry out his programme. Well, he had no succeeded in getling that emphasis, and they must put forward every effort to prevent him from securing the effort required to destroy the constitution. Eleven months ago we were in the middle of an election in consequence of the peers saying they could not pass the Budget. The Government then went to the country, and lost a hundred seats. When they returned to Parlia- ment did they pass the Budget immediately? ("No.") The Budget, which was referred to the country, thereby causing a delay of about five weeks, was delayed by the Government about five months longer. Was that delay not due to the fact that the majority f those who were returned to power to support Mr Asquith were not unani- mously in favour of it ?v The Budget passed the House of Lords, and that was the only thing the peers had done since the last election. The peers bad not had the opportunity of doing anything else, and they would not have seen the Parliament Bill had they not demanded it. Referring to the Parliament Bill, bis lordship asked the electors what was the value of a becond chamber which had the right either to amend or reject a Bill. It seemed to him that they were to have a single- chamber government pure and simple. It was simply throwing dust into the eyes of the electo- rate (cheers). The Government said they were going to abolish the Lords' veto. The Lords' veto did not exist. What had happened was that if a Bill were sent to the House of Lords and the House of Lords felt it was not good for the country, the House esid, We will stop that Bill for the present." The Bill was then sent to the country, and it was for the country to decide. It was, therefore, the peoples' veto that would be abolished. Speaking of the Referendum, the Chairman reminded his aadience that many mem- bers of the present Government had spoken very favourably of the Referendum, Mr Asquith was recently reminded that some years ago he made a strong speech in favour of it. lie now said he had changed his mind, and that he had been flirting with the Referendum. He also referred to Switzerland, and told them that that country had not found the Referendum working so satisfactorily as was anticipitated. So far as Switzerland was concerned, he (Lord Powis) thought it would have been wiser if Mr Asquith had avoided saying that the result of the working of the Referendum in that country had not been satisfactory He (Lord Powis) would like to point out that Mr Asquith spoke in favour of the Referendum some years ago when he thought there was no chance of its being adopted in Eng- land, but now that he found a chance of intro- ducing it he was against it. ♦


The Junior Conservative Club…

Waifs and Strays.

Mr. J. Hugh Edwards. M.P.

Injustice to Llanmerewig.

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