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"LOOSE PHRASEOLOGY" To the Editor Mr. C. Stuart's clarion call for "serious thought on the vital issues to be clearly placed before us, unobscured by a smoke-screen of innuendo and political claptrap," merits our generous response. As a preliminary exercise I begin by trying to discern the implied distinction between "national socialism" and "socialist nationalisation," other than that of a noun (the accomplished fact) and the process of achieving it. I gather that your correspondent regards the accomplished fact (National Socialism) as something utterly abhorrent (a view obviously shared by the protesting Wellington businessmen), while the process of bringing it about (Socialist Nationalisation), he apparently holds to be progressive and desirable —and anyone saying otherwise is using "loose phraseology" and is calculated to "discredit," "to sow distrust" and is "playing on the fears of the citizens." I confess some initial difficulty in keeping up with this intellectual leadership sufficiently to appreciate the virtues apparently inherent in the process of developing something which, when consummated, becomes a unanimously recognised evil. I must study that case of the mental patient who, persistently "donging" himself on the head with a wooden mallet, explained that "it feels so bonzer when you knock off." FRANK N. ROBSON.

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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