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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 3. March 16th, 1950

We Started Something

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We Started Something

This issue has one letter attacking our printed report on Congress: one letter attempting to ridicule (though never trying to reply to) our editorial on the Assistant Secretary's position: and one article criticising our review of the Mra play.

As the writer of the play review and the Congress report will probably feel like questioning their critics, it is gratifying to think that we have started off three controversies in two issues. If we can continue to provoke people to thought so often and so freely, then we will feel that the job is more than worthwhile.

We don't intend to comment on the letter from "Do it now," except to note that he has not attempted to answer any of the main questions we raised last time. We take it that he agrees with our remarks on that part of the issue, but is inclined to dislike even the thought of upsetting routine at this time of the year. In 1948, did he use those arguments? Or was that, perhaps, subtly different?

If one can't accuse an editorial of being virulent or hotheaded: if one can't object to the logic of its arguments or the manner of its tone: if all else fails, friends, you can accuse us of being pussyfooted. To go on to accuse us of being guilty of insult seems somewhat inconsistent.

But as we wish to retain our politeness, we will leave the controversy for readers to complete.