2 DECEMBER 1865, Page 1


THE Globe of Friday contains the official announcement of a new Reform Bill. Her Majesty's Ministers have finally decided that it shall be introduced next Session, and, we believe we may add, supported by the whole weight of the Government. The necessary returns are already being collected, and the preposterous idea of handing over the Constitution of Great Britain to be tinkered by an irresponsible commission has been finally abandoned: No* therefore is the time for the country to indicate its wishes on the character of the Bill, and we do trust that the thinking liberals will no more be wanting than the Democrats. A twenty-pound suffrage in the counties, a ten-pound suffrage in the boroughs, and household suffrage in the "cities," is the utmost they ought to yield, the least they should consent to accept.