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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 4 March 30, 1938

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons.

As to the debate itself the heavy majority who voted for the motion proved that the weight of argument lay with the affirmative Messrs. Perry and Simpson for the motion [unclear: argued] that the British Government, as the mouthpiece of a capitalistic-imperialistic state, must by its very nature do all in its power to oppose the spread of Socialism. In so doing it inevitably allied itself with Fascist powers either by granting them actual assistant by turning an official blind eye on their activities. Mr Edgley for the opposition, claimed that Great Britain pursued an independence policy in favor of peace and democracy Miss Millar, in a speech which won her fourth place, carried the argument further and said that Britain's foreign policy was as it had always been, purely a policy self-interest, enlightened I or otherwise, This too seemed to be the line taken by subsequent negative speakers. Only Mr. Wah (who come to us with a fine Southern reputation as a University debater) took any very idealistic view of the British Government's activities in the international field. Affirmative speakers from the floor pounced on the "self-interest" argument and proved as Mr. Tahiwi put it that such a policy, inevitably led to parleying with Fascist aggressor states.

As usual, some of the speakers found it by no means easy to keep strictly to the point at issue, and at times the line taken was ingenious rather than clear. There was, for instance. Mr. Ongley's Semitic argument-or was it anti-Semitic? Actual speaking (when it could be heard!) was good, and the several new speakers who spoke reached a promisingly high standard. The judge. Mr. Luxford. S.M. placed Messrs. Tahiwi and Myers first equal, with Mr. Wah in third place.