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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 12. September 20, 1951

Potted Pars — ... by Prolix — (Or Political Science for Beginners)

Potted Pars

... by Prolix

(Or Political Science for Beginners)

All Over—bar Shouting

Tensely watching final election figures were some prominent Salient and Socialist Club members for whom some drinks hung in the balance. It seems that an M.P. had invited them up before the House rose, but the thirsty students were dismissed with a handshake each rather than the milkshake or whatever it was they were hoping to get in Bellamy's. There Was a promise of drinks after the election, a promise which looked like being voided by "subsequent impossibility" as our legal department puts it.

Phony Excuse

A regrettable by-product of the election was the introduction of telephone numbers into the Wellington Central campaign. The Socialist Club used their usual missionary zeal and their associated Student Labour Federation produced a "horror" pamphlet showing a soldier whose face had been blown away. (It was not clear if in a "just" war or an "imperialist" war.)

However, the organiser quoted his (Government) office telephone number on one of the pamphlets and eventually lost his job over it.

This writer looks on elections as good, clean fun and both incidents seemed regrettable.

Points of View

An interjector at one of the meetings of the Hon. J. R. Marshall (LL.M. and B.A. from VUC) stated:

"I went to the same university as you did and I'm ashamed of you."


A candidate who was just as "promising" as his Party leader but in a different way was Mr. J. Bateman (M.A. from VUC). This young school teacher created a very good impression during the campaign in Karori and it will be surprising if we don't hear more of him in three years' time.

Consolation Prize

Charter Club stalwart Bill Bransgrove, who unsuccessfully sought National nomination for Wellington Central, moved the vote of thanks at the riotous Paramount Theatre meeting addressed by the Minister of Labour.

Fendalton Gold

The accounts of the Charter Club show a donation from its patron, a Mr. S G. Holland. Naturally any connection with the National Party (see previous paragraph) is purely co-coincidental.