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Parliament will be dissolved on the 25th of the present month, so that about the end of May or the early part of J uue the now House of Commons will assemble for the transaction of business. The dissolution imposes upon the country a grave and important duty, as in the choice of re- presentatives the electors do not merely express an opinion on the question of confidence in ministers, but they indicate the policy which should be pursued in relation to other states, and the progress which the nation has made since the last general election. There are circumstances which induce the belief that the franchise will be exercised more honestly and with greater discrimination than at any former period and should this prove true it will constitute irrefutable evi- dence of a national advancement, and the most powerful argument which can be urged for an extension of those pri- vileges which can be entrusted with safety only to people who are instructed and competent to form an opinion on political subjects We would not be understood to suggest any barrier to reform. Great improvements in our political system aro doubtless required, but they cannot be made until the country clearly and intelligibly demand the rights which they arc prepared to receive, and it is at a period like the one upon which we aro now entering that the public voice is most effectually heard. And, if we read public opinion aright, the approaching election will confirm the policy of those statesmen who have separated themselves from party for the purpose of independent action and in doing so the constituents press onward true reform more rapidly than the adherents of extreme views. Men every- where shake themselves loose from prejudice, musty notions, and contracted sympathies, and venture to think for them- selves. This spirit of free and independent inquiry must also pervade the House of Commons, and the recognition of it in Lord Palmerston's Administration has proved one of its t principal safeguards. Those who are hostile to the Govern- ment ignore its independence. It does not suit them to re- fer to it, as they have narrower purposes to gain than could be achieved by men not tied down to fac- tion. Ministers opposed several measures of reform, and the extreme Liberal party condemn them as obstructives, without taking the trouble to inquire into the weighty reasons which stood in the way and would have effectually damaged the interests they espouse. How frequently has the Premier repeated that the people of England govern themselves. He nor no other Minister could for any length of time resist the will of the country, and when the time arrives for a new reform bill, that is when the people are prepared for it, the Legislature will be com- pelled to yield. It has always been so, but the conscious- ness that such is the case should not deter from promoting the spirit of reform, while it teaches the sound lesson that the elevation of the people is the only way to a good and popular political system. The old adage that "extremes meet" has been fulfilled to the letter, for the extreme Conservative and Liberal parties arc the principal opponents of Lord Palmerston's Ministry. In Parliament and throughout the country this is the case, but the great body of electors decry the union of these parties for factious purposes. The coun- try has spoken its sentiments boldly, and with the energy of deep conviction. We had anticipated general concur- rence, and our expectations have been more than realised, for men of all parties condemn the coalition, and uphold by their united voice an independent Ministry. At the hustings honourable members will learn, so far as it is possible, the mind of the nation, and if we may take the movements already made as the shadow of coming events, the Premier will be more firmly sustained in his home and foreign policy. We have elsewhere given particulars of electioneering arrangements and the views of the most influential newspapers, and they support the opinion we have expressed. But being naturally more concerned with the affairs of our own sphere, we must refer to them more particularly in this place, although we arc not in a position at present to do more than direct attention to what has been already done, as further movements, cal- culated to affect the final decision of electors, is not only possible but in some places probable. Mr. David Morris will unquestionably bo returned for this Borough, his political conduct having afforded the electors every sa- satisfaction. Opposition has been talked of, but it would be perfectly useless, as Mr. Morris is secure of his seat. Mr. Saunders Davies and Mr. Jones are sure to be elected without any opposition. Their constituents will be glad to find in Mr. Jones's address these words, which have no doubt been deliberately written with the intention of acting up to them. "I shall," says the hon. Member, if re-elected, be prepared to give my independent, but not indiscrimate, support to any Government which shall bring forward measures that may appear to me likely to promote the common welfare." Mr. Kinderley is named as the opponent to Sir John Owen for the borough of Pembroke; but neither of them having issued an ad- dress their political views and purposes are unknown. Viscount Emlyn, whose independent votes are warmly approved of, is secure of the county of Pembroke. In Haverfordwest, the contest between Mr. Philipps and Mr. Rees will be severe. They have both canvassed the con- stituency, but no addresses have been published. For the Cardiganshire Boroughs, Mr. Lloyd Davies L opposed by Captain Pryse, and it is asserted by the Liberal in- terest that their candidate is certain to be returned. He is supported by Mr. Lloyd, of Bronwydd, who declares him- self in favour of an honourable peace, retrenchment, and progressive reform. Captain Pryse is an untried man, but the prestige of the Gogerddan house and the prin- ciples they havo uniformly supported, will undoubtedly have great weight with many of the electors while Mr LloTd Davies has his parliamentary conduct to fall back upon, and to which he confidently alludes in his pub- lished address to the electors,




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