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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1936

Free Discussions Club

Free Discussions Club

Contrary to the practice of the club in previous years, this year's discussions have been led mainly by outside speakers, and this policy has had the advantage of fusing new and old thoughts and arguments in these discussions. Only one meeting was held during the First Term owing to the Inter-University Tournament and the Capping, which interfered to some extent with the club's activities. A chartered accountant from England, Mr. Sherwood, put forward his views on world affairs to the club, and as the speaker had first-hand knowledge of his subject, which the majority of his listeners did not possess, the discussion tended in the direction of a lecture.

Dr. Mario Dessaules, the Italian consul, addressed a record meeting on the Abyssinian affair, justifying Italy's action in that connection. So great was the interest taken by the meeting in the subject that an extension of one hour was granted.

In a discussion on "Europe, Soviet or Fascist," led by Mr. I. D. Campbell, the speaker traced the development since the War, of theories which in pre-War days had seemed fantastic, and analysed the growth of the power and control of the state in recent years.

The Free Discussions Club has in general fully maintained the standard of debate set in previous years.