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

Debate Sidelights

Debate Sidelights

Of sidelights at Friday nights's debate on Franco and his cause there were many, one thing which impressed and slightly amused me being the enthusiasm with which both sides quoted from authorities, almost all of which could safely be said to be biassed one way or the other.

Interjections were frequent. Some were witty, some puerile, some pertinent, many impertinent.

Moments I enjoyed: The lonely cry of "Viva Barnao"; the tremendous interest in the domestic affairs of Sotelo and a certain lieutenant; Mr. McGavin's saintly resignation in the ace of persistent heckling Mr. Freeman sulking a little about that point of order; Mr. Freeman's statement that we would soon have the Pope blessing Franco's armies in the name of Luther and Mohammed; Mr. McDonal's downrightness; Mr. Meek, of the musical voice, greeted with a cry of Won't you sing it, Ron?"; Mr. [unclear: Ta[gap — reason: illegible]d's] cadences; Mr. Bergin's spirited reply of "No, you fool," to an interjector.


I do believe with all my soul
In the great Press's freedom
To point the people to the goal
And in the traces lead 'em.

J. R. Lowell (1819-1891).