16 APRIL 1910, Page 12



SIR,—Let it be noted that what is called, and is in form, democratic government is apt to be in fact a government of the leaders of two organised factions, always contending for power by means far from truly democratic ; while the people at large, who are supposed to be enjoying self-government, look on in apathy. I have before me a discussion about the re- organisation of one of the two factions for the fight which denotes the merest :struggle for place, the people meantime enjoying the sport. One of the two factions the other day carried a plainly unconstitutional measure for its own rein- forcement by increasing the Sessional indemnities of both Houses, creating pensions, and voting a salary to the Leader of the Opposition. The era of democracy has undoubtedly come. But let not the era of political circumspection and foresight depart. Let us study the real action of popular government without any Council of Revision in the communi. ties in which it prevails.—I am, Sir, &c.,