Magazine article The Spectator

6 January 1906 - to the Editor the Coming Election

Magazine article The Spectator

6 January 1906 - to the Editor the Coming Election

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SIR, -- I am a diligent reader of The Spectator and an ardent Free-trader. I am not only conscientiously opposed to Mr Chamberlain's scheme of Protection, but I also consider Mr Balfour's scheme of Retaliation unsuited to England, and likely if carried out to be a disastrous failure. As to the danger of Home-rule I am willing to suspend my opinion. But there are other items in the Liberal programme to which, from my careful reading of The Spectator for the last 20 years, I presume you are opposed:

(1) The reduction of our military and naval forces.

(2) The relaxing of the stringency of the Poor Laws.

(3) The alteration of the law of combination in the manner proposed by the Trade-Unions, whereby there would be no remedy for wrongs inflicted by them.

(4) The taxation and rating of land and ground values.

(5) The promise to find employment for all who ask it. As you observe, the demand means employment of the kind liked by the applicants, and at a remuneration to be fixed by them.

(6) The education policy of the present government, whereby I think sectarian animosities will be increased, and a very unfair predominance would be given to the political Nonconformist, and whereby the cause of education would suffer. …

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