Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 1, No. 12 June 22, 1938
Issue 10 of your paper contained this statement: "Salient" has tried its hardest to present to its readers the views of the side opposed to the duly elected, constitutional Spanish Government, but Franco's qualified apologists have shyly refused to present us with their apologia."
However real your difficulties in this connection, they cannot justify the prominence given to the wild statements of a person, who—in your reporter's own words—"is not intellectually brilliant," and "he has a one-track mind."
Apparently his sole claim to the publicity given him is that, "above all, he is thoroughly and eagerly sincere in his intense hatred of Fascism." Whatever "Fascism" is.
May I suggest further, that the publicity given to unsupported assertions by members of the International Brigade—and Dr. Sutch—compares strangely with "Salient's suppression of the historical facts which I presented on the occasion of Dr. Sutch's lecture in the gym.
At least two of your editorial stat were present that evening, when I invited Dr. Sutch to debate the truth of his assertions. After the meeting I extended the invitation to members of your editorial staff. Ll "shyly refused."
The offer is still open, If "Salient" is really interested, it would give me pleasure to demonstrate with unimpeachable authorities, that what unimpeachable authorities, that what "Salient" regards, as the "duly-elected, constitutional Spanish Government" has not the slightest right to the title and further, that the activities of the Communist Party were the direct and greatest cause of the Spanish civil war.
B. J. Barnao.