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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 4 April 17, 1946

[Letter from Nigel Taylor to Salient Vol. 9, No. 4 April 17, 1946]

Dear Sir,—A great deal has been and will be talked about principles. I take it that the first principle which should guide an Executive member is his duty to the Association. I conceive it to be the duty of every Executive Member to do his utmost to prevent inevitable personal differences or individual small mistakes from disrupting the activities of the Association. That is the real principle of conduct by which an Executive Member should be judged.

In this light Mr. Poole's reluctance to serve on the Executive as a matter of principle becomes a matter of pure personal pride, especially when we consider the work which faces the Executive at this period. In any event, he would only be called upon to serve for two months more.

At the meeting several suggestions were made to Mr. Poole, particularly by myself which would, if adopted, in no way have condoned the President's error, would have corrected it by publication in next "Salient" and at the same time permitted the Executive to remain in office. Mr. Poole and those who followed him declined to accept this alternative.

The only conclusion, therefore, that I can come to is that these persons placed foremost their own personal standards rather than the affairs of the 1900 odd students they represent. In that event, reluctant as I am to suggest it, and conscious of useful work done for the Association by Mr. Poole and those who supported him, the obvious inference is that these people are no longer worthy of your support.

—Nigel Taylor.