Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 8. May 31, 1939
Then too, there is the sudden departure recently of Mr. Nash tor the "Old Country." Purely this is not just for the purpose of seeing the "Derby" or "The Grand National?" No, Mr. Nash would hardly have needed a private secretary for that, nor indeed had he intended making merry with the "boys" over on the "other side" would he have taken his wife, a restraining influence, along with him. Now, having satisfactorily disposed of any ulterior motives the minister may have had, let us return to the question of politics.
It appears that by 1940, our big year, there is a debt of roughly £10,000,000 falling due which is owed to the aforementioned "Big Shots" of Tooley Street. Now it is possible that these English gentlemen may become peeved if we do not meet these payments on due date. This is the point that is giving some people such concern and others such satisfaction, although I cannot see why either should be the case. Surely if our little country is in need of money badly then it should be the concern of everybody to co-operate and find means of raising the necessary cash. But the outlook is not hopeless, far from it. We have several remedies and I am going to attempt to explain them as they appear to me. Firstly, we could impose another small levy or say 3d per person per week till the debt is due. By this method we might have collected sufficient money if there hadn't been a civil war or revolution in the meantime.