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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 11. August 1, 1957

Helpful Motions from Exec

Helpful Motions from Exec.

"That Salient give the reasons for our decision on H-Bombs." "Salient" was not aware that there were any—other than the fact that the sub committee had bungled and the Exec. were faced with a job undone only a few days before the A.G.M. (which was a fair time after the S.G.M.). The sub-committee was set up to handle the recommendations of S.G.M. which called for a petition to be circulated and forwarded to the P.M. The committee immediately got into action and got out the petitions. But from there on the affair was mismanaged. The petitions were not recalled until after the vacation, by which time some had been lost and others mutilated. The committee did nothing more for another few weeks and then finally, after pressure from "Salient" and some Exec. members it was brought up at the tidying up meeting of the retiring Exec. The committee recommended no further action—despite the explicit directives of the S.G.M. The Exec. decided accordingly—anyway the A.G.M. would be held in a few days and it was quite easy to pass the buck—although certain members vigorously protested at this "disgusting" non-action.

At the A.G.M. the President squashed the later motions on the Agenda by calling on the Secretary to count the attendance, knowing that there was no longer a quorum. (Note the usual procedure, unless the president dislikes the motion in question, is to continue until a member of the meeting raises a point of order.)

A book recently on sale in Wellington—"Mine Were the Trouble"—is the memoirs of one Peter Kemp in his part in the Spanish Civil War.

At Cambridge. Kemp was regarded as too Tory for the Tories. Like many of his contemporaries, he went to fight in the Spanish Civil War—but unlike most of them he fought on the side of Franco. Hitler and Mussolini.

Now this old soldier of Fascism was one of the few British journalists in Budapest during last October and therefore a major source of the news we received.

This doesn't prove anything, but it makes you wonder.