14 MAY 1831, Page 15



Tisis question is asked by Blackwood, in his number for the present month. He answers it as follows.

"The popular journals and leading orators on the popular side in Par- liament! One of them would return more members than are now named by any half-dozen of the great boroughholders in the House of Peers. Perhaps the number of members returned by these great new borough- mongers will stand thus- " Times-72 O'Connell—GO Spectator-37 Ballot-35 Examiner-32 filorning Herald-22 Sun-19 Scotsman-13 "Whoever has attended in the circle of his own acquaintance, or on a general survey of public bodies, to the influence of daily papers in ruling opinion, will not, we are persuaded, deem this statement overcharged. Thus the boasted and long-wished for Reform will amount only to a change of masters."

Suppose this view of the subject to be correct, there remain about three hundred members to be returned, we conceive, by Blackwood' s Magazine, The Standard, John Bull, The Morning Post, &c., &c.

But what if it should he so ? We admit that the people of this empire are about to change masters.; but the important question is, will the change be hurtful or beneficial ? As for O'CONNELL, he is the organ of Irish discontent. Let Ireland be governed exactly like England, and his importance ceases. 0-Connellism and Anti-Unionism mean a desire in the people of Ireland to be placed under the very same government as the people of Kent. A Reformed Parliament will unite England and Ireland. From that moment the sixty-borough-power attri- buted to O'CostsrELL, will, according to the notion of Blackwood, be transferred to the Irish newspapers.

But, supposing Journalism to be the universal and omnipotent

Boroughmonger, what then ? The Press is not an original entity, but only the organ of Public Opinion. As, until Ireland shall be united with England, Irish discontent will nominate sixty mem- bers by the agency of O'CONNELL, SO, afterwards, Public Opinion will nominate the entire Parliament by the agency of the Press. Newspapers will, indeed, appear to nominate members of Parlia- ment,—just as, now, the agent of Lord GROSVENOR or the Duke Of NEWCASTLE appears to nominate the members for .Stock- f

bridge or


Boroughbridge. But as, n4e 01 Loose nouie

isords, the real nomination takes place at Eaton Hall or Clumber- Park, so, in the approaching case of the Press, newspapers win appear tosnominate, whilst the real boroughmongers will be the master of the Press,—viz. the Nation.

It is a defect of Blackwood, that, with all his vigour and acute- ness of mind, he seldom thinks to the end of a subject. We beg of him to observe, that the power to nominate members of Par- liament usually brings profit and honours. What extra profit, what novel enjoyment of honours will the conductors of the Press derive from becoming the "New Boroughmongers ?" None what- ever. The gains of boroughmongering will fall to the new master, not to the new agent—and in the shape, not of pensions, places, mid peerages, but of G000 Laws. What a frightful prospect !