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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 12. June 28, 1939

"I Mean to Say—"

"I Mean to Say—"

"What, me?" expostulated the Colonel when "Salent" approached him; "why, damme, old chap, what do I know about it? I mean to say—well, damn it all, I was only up here for a few years a long time ago—in the days when you had the good taste to have an O.T.C. However, If you want me to judge the beastly debate, I will.

In the first place, the subject. My dear fellow, don't you know that one just doesn't mention Russia? I mean—it's a thing like—like babies—it isn't done to talk about them. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard you young people actually talking about [unclear: Russia]. And I really believe that some of those cads who spoke actually thought there was something in the place—how any decent, self-respecting Englishman can get up on a platform and defend a country where there's no freedom—no liberty—no free speech—where the people are slaves—and where there's nothing but er—bombs, and Bolsheviks and—er—Russians—well, my God, sir, it's a bit thick. Freedom's the most valuable thing we've got—It's what's built the Empire—here, read this pamphlet of Professor Algie's. Show it to those young adolescent cubs—might make them think a bit.

"Scotney—ought to be hounded out of the country like all these damned radicals—don't know what's good for 'em—he didn't talk about Russia for a long time, which was a good thing. He quoted Lord Londonderry's book, too—and I couldn't follow much more of his speech—except something about Fascism and Communism. Well, damn it. I mean—everyone knows that they're both the same. He was stopped by the bell—I voted against his continuing to speak. The blighter!