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J a brighter PROSPECT. THE meeting of the Montgomeryshire Liberal Association on Tuesday marks, we hope, the beginning of the re-union of the party in die boroughs. The attitude which fjfta been adopted in regard to the selection 4f a candidate has made the Montgomery Boroughs a bye-word in other counties, w bile the breach which has occurred between prominent leaders has been a source of infi- nite satisfaction and delight to our oppo- nents. Judging from the conciliatory tone ef the speeches made by the Tracyite party, Mr. RICHARD LLOYD leading off, it is evident that they at last realise, equally with the other section of the party, that without indi- vidual co-operation and united exertion, fighting the seat would be seeking for fail- ure. The strained relationships between political if rionda, who in the past have worked side by side, each striving to outdo his comrade in the cause of Liberalism, is a source of pain and anxiety to many friends of the party. Dr. Moaais fairly put the case when he said that both sides should be prepared to come together again by making concessions. Unless the leaders of the sec- tions are willing to do this the chance of victory is almost as remote as a man being able to climb to the top of the North Pole. It was satisfactory to note that at the meet- ing not a single syllable was mentioned con- cerning the Hon. F. S. A. HANBURY-TRACY, and from a combination of circumstances which have lately arisen, it may be inferred that the hon. gentleman is not likely to wish to become the Liberal candidate at the next election. If our assumption is true then there is no insurmountable difficulty in the way of reconciliation. The object of the meeting was to rescind a resolution passed at a meeting of the As- sociation, held on July 14th, which pro- tided that only borough representatives should take part in the selection of a borough candidate, but that each borough should have equal representation. The motion was rescinded, and we are in entire agreement with Newtown and Llanidloes in their de- sire to get such an unfair motion rendered of no effect. As before stated, it is in direct opposition to the principles of Liberalism. We believe in equal representation, that is, in every individual having the same amount of voting power, but not in a small borough having as much power as the largest. borough. For this reason—it is not a ques- tion of the representation of the borough, but of the Liberals who reside within its limits. For example, if Newtown possesses 500 Liberals and Montgomery 100, it is manifestly absurd to argue that the latter town deserves an equal voice in the manage- ment of affairs. The 100 Radicals may be as sturdy as their colleagues in Newtown and may desire the success of the party with equal ardour, but they cannot be said by thus doing to have established a right to have as much power in the selection of a candidate as the borough whose register shows five times as many voters. If the candidate chosen has not the support of the lesser borough when the act of selection takes place, he has a right to expect it when he comes before the constituency. On the other hand, if the candidate selected is a man whose fidelity to Liberal principles and the party programme is doubted, the dis sentients are perfectly justified in with-hold- ing their support, and for the sake of party unity such a candidate should not be thrust upon the constituency. It is hoped that the new selection committee will come to a de- cision which shall meet with the united sup- port of all Radicals, and secure a man who will represent the national aspirations of Wales, a zealous politician, one who can in- spire his followers with courage and lead the way into battle, and before such an array the seat can be wrested from the Tory party.