Now here’s a fishy one…
This last summer, a friend came down to Nelson from Atlanta USA to fish for trout with a fishing guide, Zane Mirfin.
In this issue we explore ageing and its unseen, unwanted companion, loneliness. The condition impacts not only the elderly, but also those aged 15-25. It’s not hard to find some of the reasons. If you look back on the adulation of the Market economy the signs are clear. They all indicate a growing - and largely ignored - social despair, as ideologically-driven governments pillaged our institutions and put everything they could, up for sale. Now, surprise surprise, there’s a world-wide recognition by governments, that alienation and loneliness represent a new - and worrying - public health threat. It’s what happens when we, our land and our most precious resources, become commodities.
The recent news about the violence in Mount Eden Prison has many elements. Political, naturally; Labour will be pleased to have been given the opportunity to rub National’s nose in the troublesome policy of privatisation. The Prison Officers’ Union will be equally pleased to say I told you so.