Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943
No Man's Land
No Man's Land
Dear Sir,—Your correspondent says that there is a "very, very anti-Fascist" minority at the College. A minority of 99% incidentally.
Our student comrades in the Middle East are also very, very anti-Fascist. In fact, when they see a Fascist they shoot him. No doubt your correspondent thinks this is very extreme. He's all for moderation. He wouldn't have them go so far as this. Perhaps he would have them only cut off their ears, or if this is rather overdoing it, pelting them with breadcrumbs.
Your correspondent signs himself a law student. He should do very well at his profession. Is not a lawyer, sir, one who impartially defends right and wrong for money? There's no stopping a chap who's prepared to do it free.
—I am, Sir,
Very, very regretfully,Not very, very Amused.
Dear Madam,—Although it is not my wish to be prudish or in any way narrow-minded, I do feel that the so-called "Extrav." was vulgar and served no useful purpose. Had there been anything notably good in it one might have said that there had been work wasted that might have been better used; however, the general standard of mediocrity and worse showed no misused talent, and the result was uninspiring.
Dear Salient,—As a fresher I was not unjustly surprised by the number of communistic articles published in this paper. I was, turnover, astonished to find that instead of constructive criticism, the only matter printed consisted of a series of attacks on all democratic governments, bar the form adopted by Russia. Even this was not so amazing as the discovery that this anarchist group was as small as its noise was great.
Whatever be the alms, a revolution, political or financial, will cause none other than great harm to any country. Under an autocratic ruler it is necessary before any progress can be made, but in all cases the very abruptness will cause untold distress, and moreover, opposition to the movement itself. If in New Zealand the "Reds" urged a swift change, then they would remain only as the supporters of a small radical party in a divided country.
The communism that the people want is neither coarse nor Utopian, but it is the rational kind that will create a true democratic State, free from economic and political obligations, the only way a land should he left to the succeeding generation of fellow countrymen.
Dear Sir,—After previous experi ence with V.U.C. shows I will admit that I viewed the performance at the end of last term with unmixed disapproval. There is a war on—have students nothing better to do than to put on shows so unrelated to present day life that the war was not mentioned in its proper light? I do urge those who attend this College to tackle their responsibilities more seriously.
Dear Sir,—Never in my four years at Victoria have I witnessed such an outrageous display of crude and misplaced vilification presented under the guise of innocent fun as in this year's Extrav. It is rather alarming to learn that a small unrepresentative coterie of irresponsible and politically backward students can obtain the sanction of the Executive to level odious attacks on an Administration which la effectively mobilising the people for a wholehearted and sustained onslaught on Fascism, and to neglect at the same time a marvellous opportunity for exposing our internal enemies—incipient Fascists, political strikers, and the like.
Those who travel with the Lees, Hollands and Doidges would undoubtedly enjoy "Deep in the Heart of Cactus"—responsible students who viewed this travesty of previous Extravs. considered it execrable and pernicious.
Dear Sir,—I wish to state that when I saw the show put on by the students at the end of last term I was quite honestly disgusted by the tone of the whole thing. From the point of view of an average member of the audience it was really astonishing that at this time when the allied Governments are preparing for a large scale attack on the Nazis, there was emphasis only of petty local issues, and even those were made in bad taste and without any real interest to a public which presumably has the welfare of New Zealand at heart.