NEW ZEALAND: Swing to Left

Big, sleek, masterful Sir Joseph Ward completed, last week, a remarkable comeback to Power. He was last Prime Minister from 1906 to 1912. Prior to the Parliamentary Election of last month he welded disaffected groups into the new Union Party (TIME, Nov. 26), and when ballots were counted was found to control only two less Parliamentary seats than the Reform Party of Prime Minister Joseph Gordon Coates.

Having scored such a victory Sir Joseph had only to magnetize into his Union Party a few more Independents, ere he could overthrow the Coates Cabinet and resume the Prime Ministry—after 16 years.

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