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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 10 July 28, 1943


At this period in the war the headlines scream Mussolini's resignation. This sudden news leaves most of us in a dilemma of mingled feelings. It is assuredly difficult to know what to think. Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? or doesn't it matter a dam?

The immediate reaction, it seems, has been that this is a very desirable event heralding the freedom of Italy from the heel of Fascist dictatorship and all that it stands for.

The general tenor of our daily press reports indicate that Victor Emmanuel, the Grand Old Man of Italy, who has always been clandestinely anti-Mussolini, has appointed General Bodaglio to the supreme command in the face of Musso's resignation. Bodaglio's praises are sung in no uncertain terms by "The Evening Post." "An able administrator, a diplomat above the average, demanding loyalty and honesty in undertakings in which he is concerned. A man who is believed to have opposed the alliance with Germany and tried to resist the Nazification of Italy." A very pretty portrait indeed?