1900s >> 1908 >> no-41-january-1908

West Hull Election Notes

Mr. Jas. Holmes, the “Labour” candidate, did his best to let folks know he was not a Socialist. He had never disguised the fact, he said.

* * *

And yet he was supported, not only by the I.L.P., which openly advocates such a course of action, but also by the S.D.F., which claims to be “uncompromisingly revolutionary.”

* * *

At the candidate’s meeting at the Beverley Road Baths on November 23rd, the chair was taken by Dr. J. Nelson, S.D.F.

* * *

Mr. Holmes’ election address was like any other Radical’s. He believes that the national ownership of our railways, the taxing of unearned increment, the abolition of royalties on our mineral wealth, the re-assessment of the land tax, the freeing of the land from monopoly together with leasehold enfranchisement, are “the real remedies against poverty and unemployment.”

* * *

“What Labour Leaders really think of the Liberal Party” was the frontispiece on a card issued by the Liberals. It contained the followwing five parts.

* * *

  1. Mr. KeirHardie, M.P., says: (Labour Leader, Jan. 1907.) I have a profound distrust of party newspapers eulogies of Ministers on coming men, but in common fairness I must say that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman has earned and fully deserves all the praise which is being heaped upon him.

* * *

  1. Mr. David Shackleton,M.P.,says: (Oldham, Oct. 1st, 1907.) The Labour Party has had experience of two Governments and I must say that the atmosphere of the House of Commons has changed. To-day we find ourselves, with very rare exceptions, supporting the measures brought in by the Government which are in the right direction.

* * *

  1. Mr. A. Henderson, M.P., says : (July, 1907.) In spite of the House of Lords there remains to the credit of the Government an output of legislation benefitting the condition of the millions they represent, greater than ever had been accomplished by any session of parliament.

* * *

  1. If these things are true, why should Mr. Holmes split the Progressive vote ?

Don’t be the catspaw of the Tory party.

5. Mr. A, H. Gill, M.P., President of the Trade Union Congress, in his Presidential Address, on September 3rd, 1907, made allusion to the legislative output.

He said that the Act safeguarding Trade Union Funds and the Workmen’s Compensation Act, were thorough and splendid pieces of constructive legislation. He thought the thanks of the workers were due to the Government for this valuable legislation.

* * *

As Mr. Holmes, in some of his literature, even dropped “Labour” and asked the electors to “Vote for Holmes, the real Progressive,” Mr. Wilson’s reference to the splitting of the Progressive vote was not out of place.

* * *

Sir George Bartley, the Tory candidate, issued a poster upon which he stated that from 1898 to 1906 the Navvies’ Union paid John Ward and other officials £5,267 16s. 9d. in salaries and expenses and £6,180 3s. Od. in benefits to members. Also that during 1892-3-4 the salaries of the officials of the Eastern Counties Labourers’ Federation amounted to £2,805 1s. 9. and the members’ benefits to £657 10s. 11d.

(Socialist Standard, January 1908)