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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 7. June 25, 1951

No Card Vote

No Card Vote

"If anyone suggested the abolition of the 'card vote' in the trade union movement, he would be defeated by the squeals," was the opening remark of Mr. James Ferguson (M.A., B.Sc., Dip. Ed.) speaking on US foreign policy. "Yet in the General Assembly of the UN, countries like New Zealand with two millions are equated with countries like India with 347 millions."

Thus the US resolution branding China as an "aggressor" was carried when seven countries with a population of 632 millions opposed it and 43 countries with a population of 562½ millions (plus a government claiming to represent the 463 millions in the country being branded) voted for it.

This event, claimed Mr. Ferguson, epitomised the type of crooked dealing by which the US "managed" the United Nations.

Mr. Attlee had stated on 23rd January (six days before this vote) that "We are of the opinion that the UN should not at this stage take a new and important decision." The subsequent British surrender on this point was a result of blackmail.