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Hendon Courier (Newspaper) - March 3, 1887, London, Middlesex THE HENDON COURIER A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER CIRCULATING IN Child's Cricklewood and Mill Hill No. 4. Vol. I. MARCH 3rd, 1887. Price One WEARISOME NIGHTS ARE APPOINTED TO Any one condemned to listen night after night to the Debates which have been going on in the House of Commons for the past month would be inclined to think the above quoted utterance of the patriarch Job extremely In with 4>ne slight the whole sentence is very much to the am I made to possess mouths of and wearisome nights are appointed to The greater part of the Session has been occupied with idle chatter of a transcendental without interest and without useful The mischief does not stop Not only are the debates but for a constant flow of uninteresting talk in the House has the effect of spreading a sort of political lethargy over the People at the beginning of the Session opened their morning newspapers with a feeling of satisfaction that at last their political instincts were going to be stimulated and That hope has been gradually Nobody expects for some time to to find any intellectual solace in the political part of the People were already beginning to leave their papers when the reverberations of the earthquake shock woke them up again and gave the papers another But the interest in politics is for the time effectually These things ought not so to It is absolutely necessary to the proper conduct of the business of the country that the people at large should take an intelligent and constant interest in public Howsoever competent our rulers may they are but and unless the pressure of public opinion is quickly and efficiently brought to bear upon sooner or later they are sure to go Public opinion has now many channels for its public and a host of similar exercise their due At the time of a General Election party feeling often gets the better of and unless there is some very definite issue before the its voice is only indistinctly The invisible yet potent which public opinion exercises upon our legislators during their is of quite as much importance as the influence exercised at the It is indispensably necessary to the welfare of the state that the vox populi should never be And if there be for weeks together in politics the old lady said of her a pungent unmistakeable flavour of nothing at the public interest is and the public voice is We donot conceal from ourselves the fact to a certain we are the victims of necessity in We have arrived at an era of resistance in The Parnellites and the Separatist Radicals are laying to one of our most cherished institutions and as a means of exhausting the defenders they have been with more or less to blockade As a first step towards an active resistance to this attack it is absolutely necessary to settle the question of so that we may be in a position to defend ourselves from the showers of obstructive which form the chief ammunition of the Procedure is a dry The very word repels the average Supply is the only thing which will vary the monotony of Parliament for the next six It is unfortunate that the arena of politics should to the ordinary such a sandy waste for ten weeks Yet it is upon an effective solution of the question of Procedure that our hopes now The very best argument for Home Rule that we have yet seen is based upon the fact that the Imperial Parliament has more work than it can efficiently get If we can effectively neutralise obstruction in the House of and if we can at the same apply the principles of the division of labour to its the Home Rule question will be The Government are now engaged in rendering as far as and are to some extent keeping in view the importance of division of We that they will soon see the necessity of going further in this Unless they can find the way to a reasonable solution of Irish we may yet see the Separatists The very spirit of weariness which is abroad in the political atmosphere makes for Home People are growing tired of the discussion of the They are beginning to think after the game of keeping the Irish Members at Westminster is not worth the There are whispers even amongst ardent Unionists if we can make due provision for the security of life and property in Ireland by keeping a firm hold upon the it would be better to banish the Irish members to Dublin and let them imitate the Kilkenny And unless the subject is taken in hand constructively by the Government before the next election this spirit of weariness may work a startling change at the But an active endeavour on the part of the Government to tackle and solve the Home Rule question would change all The very essence of modern Conservatism is to preserve our institutions by necessary modifications to find out what it is that gives colour to any destructive if any grain of truth is wrapped up amidst radical to give effect Now the truth which is wrapped up and gives colour to the Home Rule is is better that any people as far as manage its own and that those who are to live under the laws should have the making of We have already recognised the principle as applied to the whole of the United Is it to apply it to its divisions Can we maintain the commercial and national unity of the United Kingdom and at the same time divide the labours of local legislation among the representatives of its several parts Can we maintain the absolute supremacy of the Imperial Parliament and yet provide that Irish and Scotch members should be respectively harnessed to the work Of Irish and Scotch legislation We believe the problem can be If the Government fairly takes it in hand we need not fear a Radical But if a passive resistance to Separatist proposals is all we have to the spirit of weariness over which Job may yet conquer our less patient The Procedure rule now occupying the attention of the House of Commons runs as follows A member rising in his place may claim to move ' That the question be now and unless it shall appear to the chair such motion is an abuse of the rules of the or an infringement of the rights of the question ' That the question be now shall be put and decided without amendment or If this motion were carried the question would be put at once and the debate would come to an rather Mr. Whitbread proposes as an amendment to the above rule that the consent of the chair should not be necessary for the of the It would then be open to any member to move to close the This is going a little too Mr. Whitbread's amendment comes on for discussion We have not yet heard the last of the Bulgarian question by a long All the materials for a conflagration are still as soon as it suits Russia's purpose to apply the Perhaps the beginning of a new act in the drama opens with the military revolt in The whole of the garrison appears to have risen against the and though it is reported that the being there are no details to There is no hope ci quiet in Bulgaria until a new Prince is and the sooner this can be brought about the
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