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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 6. June 7, 1951

Neither Wit Nor Fun—Gentlemen

Neither Wit Nor Fun—Gentlemen

Authors and producers of Extravaganzas are entitled to take liberties but whether they achieved anything outside their own circle by using the melody of God Defend New Zealand, our dirgical and uninspiring National Anthem, is doubtful. It is our National Anthem and whether we like its music or sentiments or not the public and many students deplore its use as a vehicle for Extravaganza witticisms and politics.

The same criticism can be made of lavatory humour about religion. This is not funny—merely a compound of bad judgment and bad manners.

Nevertheless Extravaganza this year came nearer to vigorous, debunking satire than those of the last few years.