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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 4 March 29, 1939

Purpose in Life

Purpose in Life

His present Job was the subject of the next question but he had that nicely on tap..

"My Job is to be an additional channel of communication to supplement the Information transmitted through the ordinary channels; to explain the reasons of the United Kingdom Government in making some communication, the object they have in view and the general purpose of their policy, to give as it were, the background and atmosphere of the official communication. In a word, it is the job of a High Commissioner to interpret the mind of one government to another. A High Commissioner has the wider duty also of trying to interpret the mind or one people to another, to do his best to get the peoples of the countries better acquainted and to strengthen the bond of sympathy and understanding which is the basis of the British Commonwealth. The British Commonwealth way of doing things is to roach agreement by negotiation and discussion; you must have a, person to effect that personal contact. You will never get agreement by writing or telegraphing one another; it is only by getting around a table and understanding the other fellow's ideas and point of view that agreement can be reached. I am doing here what Mr. Jordan is doing in London."