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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 9. June 27, 1957


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"I make no rash promises." was the theme song of candidates for Exec in the recent elections. This was a great advance on the usual hypocrisy of candidates. But it was an extraordinary result from "Salient's" recent exposure of the uselessness of past "blurbs". We imagine however, that if in November a similar tactic is followed it would be equally truthful—and equally useless. We did not intend, when we discussed promises to warn candidates against making them. We wanted them to take heed and attempt to offer something positive. This negativism is a fry commentary on the attitude of those who consider themselves worthy to represent the students—people who, if the past be a guide, will consider themselves to know far better than their ignorant electorate what students want. It was revealing to find that on the satirical model offered in last "Salient", candidates thought their character and great worth was best shown by quoting the various groups who had elected them to some office. Don't we all know how these elections take place, and the little value which they have to show the elected's ability? Moreover, surely the important feature should be the work done by these people for their clubs. The office as such is meaningless. How many clubs have suffered grievously from the incompetence of their committee members?

Our fear is that Messrs. Holland and Nash will cotton on to this idea, and state their policy in terms of the many societies that have made them their patrons, the honours accorded them by the Queen—on their advice, and the valiant electorates which have consistently returned them.