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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 2, March 16th, 1949.

Has Salient a Policy?

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Has Salient a Policy?

In an article in this issue "Student Opinion or Red Blanket," criticism is made of Salient policy. From the outset we will make it clear that any contributed article will be printed that is:
1.Of interest to students.
2.Grammatical.
3.Free from slander, libel or malicious personal abuse.
4.Free from personal gossip.

Veritas is quite misinformed when he claims that student apathy is not a factor controlling the range of copy available for publication. Very few students will sit down and write seriously on matters that interest them; fewer still will rise to criticise point by point any article that appears in Salient, with which they do not agree. Veritas has not criticised any of the articles in our last issue on their own ground. He is content to label whole articles as bad journalism or Red bias. Furthermore, in last issue we did not run a single filler nor a single rewrite.

We would point out to Veritas, articles on both Lyssenko and the Stone Flower, were featured by that bastion of genteel respectability, the N.Z. Listener. Why should Salient be redder than the Listener when we publish similar articles?

We are not catering for "the more woolly minded of the old students" nor for the public, whose capacity to establish real political distinctions has been blunted by fifty years of crude sensational journalism. We can see if Veritas cannot the distinction between publishing a review of the artistic technique of a Russian film or a summary of a current intellectual controversy in biology, and being violently russophile.

Mr. F. L. Combs in the last issue successfully attacked the Rev. Sullivan without once having recourse to the old argument of the good name of the college. Combs demolished Sullivan by an able attack based on the real issues involved and not by appeal to any fundamental political or religious bias.

We invite all Salient readers to do exactly the same with any and every article in our paper, and then, at last, the inarticulate "dead hand" which weighs so heavily on our faculties may be stimulated to the serious intellectual, political and religious thought that it so obviously lacks, and for which our secondary schools cannot train it.

—P.F.J.