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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Wairarapa Star

Wairarapa Star.

The Hon. Mr. McKenzie, Minister of Lands, who has latterly distinguished himself for his eccentricities, is venting his spite against the newspapers of the colony by introducing a Bill to compel writers of articles and correspondence in papers to attach their names. We need not refer in detail to the foolishness of such a proposal. We can only say that a person who suggests such a thing is either in a furious rage at some newspaper criticism or is altogether beside himself. Mr. McKenzie may have been handled rather severely by the Opposition press, and may be somewhat angry. But he should remember the injunction to "Be angry and sin not." His proposed newspaper Bill is certainly a very sinful one, and could only have been bred of anger. We hope he will not press it. For the sake of his common-sense, colleagues, and for the sake of the country, he should not allow himself to become so ridiculous.