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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 14 July 6, 1938

A Legal Government

A Legal Government.

Mr. Scotney disparaged Mr. Barano's claim that the people of Spain rose to a man in support of Franco. If General Franco had three nations assisting him in addition to his Moors, a steady supply of modern muntions of war, and the people of Sapin to a man, who, hen, was he fighting" Quoting Gunther, Mr. Scotney claimed that the tragic events of 1936 had been precipitated largely by the untenable positions of the army and the church. The Government, moreover, was properly constituted and entirely legal, and at the time of Franco's rebellion there was no danger of a Communist uprising. "Franco." said Mr. Scotney, "is driving Spain, with weapons of modern warfare, back to the middle ages."

Furthering Mr. Barnao's statement that the People's Government was absolutely incapable of governing, Mr. McGavin quoted at great length and gave verse and chapter where breaches of the constitution had been commited. Franco was reluctant to rebel but when it became a matter of patriotic necessity he came forward to save the republic.

Mr. Freeman, who in the first few minutes of his address was thrown out of his stride by an interjector, and appeared almost on the point of walking off, quoted St. Thomas Aquinas to prove that no Spanish Catholic could be true to his faith and at the same time conscientiously support Franco. It was remarkable that he Basque people, true Catholics at heart, were unanimously supporting the Government.

First member to speak from the floor was Mr. Wah, who said that Franco stood for nothing but personal ambition and defence of a minority.