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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 16. August 14, 1952

Challenge to the Church

Challenge to the Church

Greatest characteristic of the government had been the honesty and democracy of the administration. Ordinary local inhabitants had been brought in at all levels. "The new Government has developed democracy from the grass-roots—upwards from the ordinary people."

All facets of life were controlled by organisations of the common men and women. There was complete freedom to criticise, and an end to corruption and privilege. There is a strict insistence on honesty, and everything relating to the people's livelihood is fully discussed by everyone concerned before it is carried out.

"Christian missionaries have described this change in moral attitudes us a 'spiritual regeneration'," said Mr. Archer. 'They are a tremendous moral challenge to the Christian church."

As on the land, the fullest democracy, and "criticism and self-criticism" had been earned into the big urban work-places, and even into the schools.