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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 19, No. 3. March 24, 1955


A Pitiable effort! All corporate purpose was drained away to leave a few dull platitudes to rattle in the sieve of the official communique. This was as flabby a statement as even the brain of an Eden could devise. It represented the ignoble spectacle of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers nodding their heads in approval at, perhaps even applauding, the results of Britain's disastrous foreign policy. They acclaimed as a victory the humiliating defeat suffered at the hands of the World Bank when Britain was allowed back into Persia only, as the junior partner of her own oil-industry. They were delighted at the scuttle from Suez. Our part in surrendering northern Vietnam to the Chinese Reds met with their enthusiastic approval. In fact, they seemed to have formed themselves into an Eden admiration society, proclaiming themselves, in effect, the yes-men of a yes-man.