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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951

Charity Begins . .

Charity Begins . . .

The Evening Post of March 3 has an extremely illuminating article garnered from the Manchester Guardian on the latest progress of the great Colombo design to aid Asia. Of the £1,868,000,000 estimate for the next six years, "something just over £1,000,000 will be provided from outside the area." For example, Britain is in debt to India to the tune of £250,000,000. The settlement of a debt of honour can hardly be called philanthropy. This is a disappointment but £1,000,000,000 still seems substantial relief. "It is understood that Britain will supply f300,000,000 of this." Here the Manchester Guardian displays shame and embarrassment in every line.

"Allowing for contributions from other Commonwealth countries and possibly loans from international institutions there remained a missing component of over £600,000,000. It was obvious to all concerned that the missing component could only be supplied by the U.S. Government One has only to compare this amount with the report that Congress is to be asked for a total allocation of 250,000,000 dollars. One gathers that the Indians who put their heart into this plan are now downcast. There has been a psychological shock. No doubt the American decision will have similar effects on others who took part in this stirring venture. It will cost the U.S. far more in the end to restore Asian confidence."