Incite Politics

The 1912 Option

On 6 July 1912, the Liberal Party had been governing New Zealand for a staggering 21 years. In the general election of the previous year it had lost its majority, but remained in office with the support of a handful of independents. By July of 1912, however, the Opposition Reform Party’s aggressive leader, Bill Massey, had lured away enough government supporters to carry a Vote of No Confidence on the Floor of the House of Representatives. The Liberal Government of Thomas Mackenzie fell 8 votes short of a majority, and Bill Massey’s Reform Party took its place on . . .

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