If the ex-servicement of this war prefer to establish their own brotherhood, it is, quite frankly, their own business as much as their own absolute democratic privilege. If certain of them decline to join what they regard as a veterans' association, it is fortunately their democratic privilege to so refrain. There should surely be no bitterness on that score, however much regret it might occasion those who are unable to adjust their focus to understand the Kiwi point of view. One meets numerous Kiwis who feel that . too many years of "civvy street" have dulled the palate of the old Digger for the thousand problems that beset the newly-returned man. There are others who feel that, the counsels and the councils Of the Diggers cannot be other than strongly, influenced by that easy tolerance which has ever been noted to grow on men as their years advance. Kiwis are not generally tolerant. They are very impatient of their grievances. And 'as the natural fruit of their impatience they have formed their own organisation to tackle their own special problems with the same vigour that its members recently tackled the seas, the desert and the skies. Fcr your correspondent to sav that "the numerically weaker and "less recognised organisation is in duty bound to give way" to any similar organisation is quite as remarkable and as naive a suggestion as that, for example, there should be only one political party. Let "Unity or~Disaster" remember that the 2nd N.Z.E.F. Association has not yet refused to support and reinforce any mutually beneficial action of any or all of the 98 small bodies which comprise the R.S.A. There is no question of disunity, nor can there be unless it should arise from the works of those who would deny the Kiwi the right to express himself in his own way. After all, he has been fighting for just that very thing. FRANKO.
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EX-SOLDIERS' ORGANISATIONS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945
EX-SOLDIERS' ORGANISATIONS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945
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