5 DECEMBER 1885, Page 2

The facts as to the numbers of the popular vote

are very curious, and show that subdivision of the large boroughs and counties has succeeded in giving a very effective expression t . the views of minorities. The Conservatives are shown to have polled a majority in the English boroughs, and the Liberals a larger majority in the English counties, a proportion very well represented by the representatives returned. But when we come to smaller divisions of the country the minority is often very

inadequately represented, as, indeed, it ought to be, the theory assuming that the minority of one constituency will find a voice, if the constituencies are sufficiently multiplied, in the majority ofeenotiasr.