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THE SALE OF HONOURS. I

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THE SALE OF HONOURS. I Light at once glaring and piquant is being thrown on the whole system of which Parliament is the culmination. Mr. Thomas Gibson Bowles, who saw long service as a Parliamentary per- sonality, has just made a sensational departure as a light-bringer in the first number of the "Candid Review," a quarterly that promises to make ene- mies fearlessly and brilliantly. "Tom- my," with appealing impartiality, ex- poses the ways and workings of the whole "machine" and the Liberal and Tory machinists, supplying positively amazing details of what the party war chests owe to the sale of "honours." The "black secrets of the party funds" are truly black on Mr. Bowles's showing. The Chief Whip looms up as a mighty bargainer, a financier of easy and ready genius. The prices vary ac- cording to circumstances and oppor- tunities; £ 50,000 to a party fund has spelled a baronetcy in due course, and though the "honour" seems dear at the price it is modest in comparison with other "deals" even thrice the sum has been paid out-nay, the round total of P,400,000 has gone for a peer- age. Brokers in the City, we are as- sured, have been known to go touting for buyers of baronetcies: the terms be- ing £ 4,000 down and £ 6,000 to be lodged at a bank in two names; a neat 10 per cent. commission going to the first who introduced a customer. There is no trouble about references or cre- dentials money is the simple test; if this is forthcoming in plenty a person of no worth or ability or public service may expect a baronetcy. We did not imagine that the busi- ness was altogether so degraded as Mr. Bowles's review suggests, and we won- der if Parliament and politics have even a few folk sufficiently sensitive and in- dependent to insist on probing the whole scandal. Or must it survive till the sorry system of which it is part shall be swept away ?- "Daily Herald."

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