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Our City Fathers To Be.

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Our City Fathers To Be. MR. J..E. JONES, N.U.R. If I were a representative of vested in- terests on the Merthyr Corporation I fancy that one of the last wards I should like to represent would be Town. Not because the burgesses of Town Ward are essentially dif- ferent from those of other wards in the bor- ough, but because I should be haunted with the uneasy certainty that some November, and probably the next after that on which I was elected, I was going to be well beaten at the poll, and my place taken by a stockily built railwayman, with a quiet voice, the patience of Job, and the persistence of malignant fate—J. E. Jones. I might win over him once, I might beat him twice, but that is about as far as any candidate could get, and after that the seat would be lost to all but Labour for all time, unless on the top of a wave of electoral insanity such as swept the country last November). it was regained temporarily only to sweep back more confirmed Labour than ever before. ■. I have seen Mr. Jones at work under a multitude of trying conditions. I have seen him handling trade union work under try- ing secretarial conditions, I have watchecl him on the Trades Council—upon which 4 has served from its earliest days, and gener- ally in an official capacity; I have heard of his work on Pensions Committees and fight- ing for the representation of the smaller unions on the Hospital boards—and always I have been struck with the remarkable consistency of the man- As I know him privately and on the street so I know him in the public place—a man of determination, firmness and lear vision; a man whom no provocation can ruffle. A man so firmly based upon a clear J!o"l.edge of principles, a imi-t awaken a keen scnst of personal responsibility and duty to fur- ther those principles; a man of convincing argument, and one strong enough to stand alone in a hostile atmosphere advocating, fighting for the view that he holds. I do not mean that he is ever anything but sweetly reasonable—the trouble is that the majority of men are not that. To too many of us conviction is not a question of strict adherence to the laws of evidence, as it is with him. He makes mistakes—and admits them when they are pointed out. That makes him all the more dangerous as an op- ponent.. I am glad he is for Labour—and I am glad that it is reason that has made him for Labour and held him for Labour through the strenuous years of his active life. He will win Town Ward this time, and the man who will henceforth oust him from the seat has yet to come into the borough. A.P.Y.

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