The implications of the University’s involvement in racialism, and of having Lord Salisbury as its figurehead are too enormous for criticism to be brushed off simply as “a personal emotion”. Yet this is how H. B. Chrimes, the Treasurer, reacted for the administration on 9th March. At some stage the University must make a decisive break and refuse to be complicit in any way – either through having a Chancellor with views like Lord Salisbury’s or having investments in companies which support apartheid – with any kind of racialism, either here or abroad. And if the University does not do this, the reason must be apparent:  it is an institution controlled by, and in the interests of, a business class which has everything to lose by severing connections with the racist regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa.


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