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The Nile Expedition.

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I THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION.

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THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION. To-day's Times, discussing the probable course of the next general election, says: Liberal members will be, to a great extent, released from the influence which led them some months ago to vote against their convictions. Some re- cognise their political doom in the new order of things others have to deal with new constituen- cies and unknown currents of opinion; many will be reluctant to face a general election with the discredit of having supported through thick and thin a disastrous and ignoble policy; and many more will not be sorry to cast upon political opponents the perplexing task of devising a remedy for difficulties which have accumulated in an overwhelming mass. The enormous cost, for. instance, of the Nile expedition, will be hard to justify even after a brilliant success, and even if the only result is to bring Gen. Gordon back from Khartoum without making any permanent ar- rangements for the government of the Upper Nile and the security of Egypt on that side. And it would be satisfactory to Liberal candidates, look- ing to the impending contest in the au umn to charge the increase of taxation which w,l needed to pay off the arrears of Lord Wolseley's magnificent bill upon the Tones. We are in- clined, therefore, to believe that Mr Gladstone and his colleagues may be mistaken if they imagine that further evasions and consequent disaster in their dealings with Egypt will be condoned, when Parliament re-assembles, hy. a majority of the House of Commons. It would be more dignified and more profitable for them to anticipate the result by resignation, which would be justified according to coJlStitutlOnal practice if, as we doubt not is the case, there are divisions in the Cabinet, and which is, at all events, de- manded in the interest of the country, and it Ministers are unable to make up their minds, and can do nothing but dr the manner of thosa who, as Mr Gladstone must recollect, involved England in the Crimean War more than thirty years ag

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