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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 8. May 31, 1939

End and Aim

End and Aim.

The purpose of "The Vikings" was to attack Chamberlain's foreign policy, to demonstrate its danger, and to indicate the direction in which it was leading—contrary to the welfare of the British Empire.

In other words "The Vikings" suggested that if Mr. Chamberlain's Munich policy was continued long enough he would before long be in fact "selling the British flag." Exactly the same view-point is expressed in Mr. Douglas Rood's new book "Disgrace Abounding."

The purpose of "The Vikings" was by the use of satire, to impress upon those who saw it the wrongness of such a policy as Mr. Chamberlain was pursuing.

Mr. Meek's extravaganza was then, if properly comprehended (and surely an author can at least expect that from his audience) the very opposite of unpatriotic.