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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31 Number 2. March 12, 1968

'Peasant stock' rule the country

'Peasant stock' rule the country

The government is dominated by "the peasant stock of the nation" said David Shand at a lunchtime debate on Wednesday.

The Memorial Theatre was less than half full for the National and Labour Party Club's debate on the motion that through steady-does-it we have been steadily done."

David said that economic decline had reduced the country to a "bankrupt international pauper".

The government has tried to borrow its way out of difficulties while "continually bleating sell-congratulation statements of steady-does-it".

His second speaker, Tony Haas said the government has "mortgaged the very things we don't have, let alone the things we do have".

Hugh Rennie for the negative said that steady-does-it "sums up in capsule form the National Party philosophy".

The government had borrowed to finance capital development. He said great economic and social "progress" had been made since 1960.

Hugh said that the government has maintained its position on Vietnam "with honour".

Barrie Saunders supporting him. said that the government is not to blame for the present difficulties which are caused by "factors beyond our control".

The motion was carried on a vote of the house by 118 votes to 31.