Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 8. 1965.
Sirs,—In the editorial initialled by co-editor Llewellyn, he has made a mountain out of a molehill in connection with a letter which does not concern him or anyone except Mr. Stone and the Labour Department.
If Mr. Llewellyn is blaming the Labour Department for sending such a letter, I would ask Mr. Llewellyn if he expects the Secretary of Labour to peruse every letter sent by a member of his Department for possible illphrased sentences. If he is blaming the writer concerned, is he suggesting that Mr. Irvine should be sacked in a similar manner to Dr. Sutch and with less reason?
Is Salient's editor making an implied assertion that overseas students (especially American) should be pampered? The American Government is also paid insurance premiums by our country in other ways!
I am not contending that the letter sent to Mr. Stone was courteous. But I do not agree that the writer is obviously not to be trifled with.
As to Mr. Irvine's qualifications. The only comment I can make to Mr. Llewellyn's snobbish attitude is that it is far better to work for an honest living than to rave for a dishonest one.
It seems to me that it is not Mr. Stone who is "not wanted here," neither Mr. Irvine, but possibly Mr. Llewellyn who uses in his editorial more "imperious" language than Mr. Irvine in his bona fide administration of New Zealand Law.
A. P. Lenart