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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 13. June 29, 1950

On Being Informed

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On Being Informed

We had originally intended to run in this isssue one of the articles on either extra murals or part-timers which are mentioned elsewhere in this issue.

But we make no apology for leaving these over for an issue or so, to make room for an extremely long article—considering the size of the paper—containing Trygvie Lie's memorandum to member nations which he has termed a 20 year plan for peace.

Perhaps no statesman in the world is so much entitled to our attention at the moment. As Secretary-General of UN, he is the one important, forceful figure in the fearful hurly burly of world politics who is able to stand apart from the recrimination and give advice impartially. That is what UN was originally meant to do perhaps a little more than advice, some might add.

It is facile in the extreme to try to pretend that all of the blame for the present situation is on the other side. It is horribly reminiscent of the little children's "Oh, you started it" . . . "No, you did" ... "No, you did," to hear Dean Acheson sanctimoniously painting the picture of the peace-loving Western Democracy and the big bad bear who just Won't co-operate with us. It would possibly be amusing if we could afford to be amused about a trend which is likely to bring about another holocaust.

Above this, then, stands Lie. The first and the only major effort of recent years to work within the framework of UN to solve the cold war is embodied in this memorandum.

Under the circumstances we feel we are justified in dropping matter of internal university affairs: because if some active consideration isn't given to this sort of thing, then it isn't going to matter a great deal in 10 years what the universities thought back in 1950. VUC has been affiliated to UN for several years, and there is hardly a student here who could give a coherent account of the activities of UN alone, apart from its lesser auxiliaries such as UNESCO and WHO.

That is one reason why we think we are fortunate in being able to give what we think is the first NZ printing of the full text of this. We have complained before that NZ papers do not give sufficient weighting to UN affairs: recently one local paper printed side by side—giving them the same weighting, apparently—a report of UN organisation to launch a full scale world attack on the problem of TB, and a report of the annual meeting of the Society of St. George. This is a fantastic state of affairs.

We hope that we can free ourselves from the criticism that NZERS are more interested in making off-course betting work than in a plan to make peace work.

D. G.