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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 8 July, 3, 1946

[Letter from Geoffrey Streeter to Salient Vol. 9, No. 8 July, 3, 1946]

The Editor, "Salient,"

Dear Sir.—On Thursday evening a motion was carried which was designed to delete "extraneous political issues" from our domestic affairs. But as I see it this measure cannot hope to succeed, when our own paper, purporting to be the official organ of student opinion in VUC, continually thrusts an objectionable political policy at us. Since outside opinion of the College is largely contributed to by matter published in this paper, I would deem it objectionable that any political opinion be aired in "Salient" and claimed to be our own.

Under the constitution "Salient" is responsible to the Publications Committee and that body in its turn answers to the Exec. But Mr. Poole's last conflict in "Salient" proves that in fact "Salient" is responsible to no one.

I do not suggest that there should be a censorship imposed upon "Salient." for that is against our best principle of free speech, but I do suggest that when a direction is made by the Publications Committee or the Exec., such direction should be observed.

The solution is therefore:—
(1)Either politics should be divorced from "Salient" as is religion, or the paper should be completely unbiased in its views. However, it is well to bear in mind that it is the Editor's prerogative to say what he pleases in his Editorial, but at the same time must not present his views as being that of "Salient." and in fact as that of the student body.
(2)That the Publications Committee be more stringent towards the strict control of political policy in "Salient."

—I am, etc.,

Geoffrey Streeter.