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uLetters to the editor
1790 - Governor Arthur Phillip is speared by
an Aboriginal at Manly Beach.
1813 - The nickname Uncle Sam is first used
as a symbolic reference to the United
States in an editorial in the Troy Post
of New York.
1892 - First boxing match under
Marquess of Queensberry rules:
Gentleman Jim Corbett beats John
1927 - American television pioneer
Philo T Farnsworth succeeds in transmitting the
image of a line through purely electronic means
with a device called an “image dissector”.
1936 - What was said to be the last Tasmanian
tiger dies in a Hobart Zoo.
1940 - In World War Two the German
airforce under Hermann Goering begins its
Blitz bombing campaign on London.
1943 - A liberator aircraft crashed on take-
off into five trucks at Port Moresby, killing 59
Australian ser vicemen of the 2/33rd Battalion.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
England’s Q ueen Elizabeth I (1533-1603);
C J Dennis, Australian poet (1876-1938);
Elia Kazan, US film director (1909-2003);
Belgium’s King Baudouin (1930-
1993); Sonny Rollins, US jazz
musician (1930-); Buddy Holly, US
singer (1936-1959); Gloria Gaynor,
US singer (1949-); Julie Kavner, US
actress (1950-); Chrissie Hynde, US
singer (1951-); Corbin Bernsen, US
actor (1954-); Shannon Elizabeth,
US actress (1973-); Evan Rachel Wood, US
“ My definition of an educated man is the
fellow who knows the right thing to do at the
time it has to be done ... You can be sincere
and still be stupid.” — Charles F Kettering,
American inventor (1876-1958).
“ How good and pleasant it is when brothers
live together in unity. ” — (Psalm 133:1).
In paying tribute
yesterday, the chief executive of the National
Council of Licensed Trade Mr J W Thompson
said Mr O’Donnell was widely respected
among brewers, hotelkeepers and wine and
spirit merchants. “Apart from Mr O’Donnell’s
standing in Westland, he had friends in the
industry in every part of the country. His
advice was sought on many occasions and his
kindliness, good nature and friendliness will be
Tributes were also paid by the Greymouth
Hotel Association at their tournament at the
Greymouth Golf Club yesterday, and by the
Greymouth Rotary Club which Mr O’Donnell
joined in 1949.
New Zealand chopping team leader Les
Gilsenan of Nelson Creek, arrives back on the
West Coast on Sunday from Canada where
axemen have been taking part in the Pacific
National Exhibition’s international festival of
In a telegram to his wife, Gilsenan’s only
indication of the team’s performance was “a
A speedier main line shunting ser vice will be
offered by a new diesel electric engine which
arrived on the west Coast last week. It is the
largest diesel machine to arrive on the Coast
as part of the dieselisation scheme. The Dsc
engine is fitted with twin Leyland engines each
of 210hp and has a top speed of 40mph. It
weighs 40 tons.
The British-built engine was completely
assembled in New Zealand — at Addington,
Christchurch and Hillside, Dunedin
workshops. Drivers are experiencing difficulty
in getting these new diesels into reverse.
uFood for thought
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Long hair, flared jeans and disco: Not
for nothing were the 1970s dubbed “the
decade that taste forgot ”. One of the most
curious, and little-known facts about the
1970s, however, is how differently the
political possibilities of the decade were
perceived by left and right.
The left-wing revolutionaries of the
1970s took their inspiration from the
‘ liberation movements’ of the Third
World and openly sneered at the labour
movements of the affluent western
nations. Top-heavy, bureaucratic and
mired in “reformism”, the working-class
parties and unions of Europe, North
America and Australasia were written
off by leftist ideologues as being either
moribund or reactionary.
The view from the right could hardly
have been more different. In the eyes of
conservative academics and corporate
executives, the steady gains of the
enduring centre-left electoral alliances
forged during the Great Depression and
World War Two had whittled away the
power of capitalism to the point where
the entire economic system of the west
was believed to be teetering on the edge
of a socialist abyss.
So convinced was the right that
capitalism was facing an existential
crisis that they embarked on a full-scale
ideological counter-attack against the
post-war social-democratic consensus. In
his famous 1971 memorandum, Lewis F
Powell, a corporate lawyer, enjoined the
leaders of American business to resist
what he described as an “assault on the
enterprise system” that was “broadly
based” and “consistently pursued”.
In the most quoted sentence of what
came to be known as “the Powell
Manifesto”, the man who President
Richard Nixon would later appoint to
the US Supreme Court warned corporate
America: “ The most disquieting voices
joining the chorus of criticism come from
perfectly respectable elements of society;
from the college campus, the pulpit,
the media, the intellectual and literary
journals, the arts and sciences, and from
It was to counter these “disquieting
voices” that Powell’s followers established
the multitude of right-wing think tanks
that, in the intervening 40 years, would
play such a decisive role in transforming
the ideological climate of western
What was it that blinded so many
western leftists to the true extent of post-
war social-democracy ’s success?
Where better to turn for an answer
than the writings of Karl Marx. In what
is arguably his finest piece of political
writing, The 18th Brumaire of Louis
Napoleon, Marx writes: “ The tradition
of all dead generations weighs like a
nightmare on the brains of the living.”
Never was this truer than of western
revolutionaries during the 1970s.
Just as the American and French
revolutionaries of the late-18th century
draped themselves in the costumes of
the ancient Roman Republic, the 1970s
insurrectionist ’s vision of “the revolution”
was typically lit by the crimson glow of
Petrograd, 1917. Armed workers and
peasants riding through the streets of a
capital city festooned with scarlet banners
— that is what “the revolution” looked
That a revolution in one of the affluent
welfare states of the west was more likely
to be the work of Powell’s “perfectly
respectable elements of society”, was an
idea that occurred to no one — except the
right. It explains, perhaps, why the neo-
liberal “counter-revolution” of the 1980s
and 1990s was rolled out from college
campuses, pulpits and the news media, as
well by politicians representing all those
“moribund” working-class parties the left-
wing “revolutionaries” refused to join.
The reason why so many on the right
— e specially those from the “new right ”
of the 1980s — are so quick to condemn
the 1970s should, by now, be obvious. For
them, it marks the point of maximum
danger. That moment in history when
groups which, for centuries, had suffered
in silence — blacks, women, gays and,
arguably, the planet itself — found
their voice. The decade when the right,
confronted by “an excess of democracy ”,
drove it back.
So, the next time Bill English accuses
Jacinda Ardern of wanting to drag
New Zealand “back to the 1970s”, by
reinvigorating the trade unions and
reducing our society’s growing inequalities,
I sincerely hope she will not, again, airily
dismiss his comments as “So last century!”
Far from being “the decade that taste
forgot ”, the 1970s are actually the decade
the right would prefer everyone forgot.
Yes, there was long hair, flares and disco.
There was also, as Bob Dylan sang in
1975, “Music in the cafes at night, and
revolution in the air”.
Chris Trotter is a left-wing
The decade right-wingers would prefer everyone forgot
he trust founded to
further his brother’s legacy
fostering rural health may
be redundant when a new
rural school of medicine
is established, John Farry
Mr Farry, of D unedin, chairman of the
Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust,
hopes the new school will be awarded to
the University of Otago under its joint
bid with Auckland.
new medical school, such as that sought
by the University of Waikato.
Mr Farry was irked by a claim that
Otago and Auckland’s medical schools
had neglected rural general practitioner
shortages. He said the Waikato backers
failed to acknowledge Otago’s rural
medical immersion programme founded
by his brother, Queenstown GP Pat
Farry, in 2007.
Mr Farry is not sure if the trust would
have a role to play after the Government ’s
announcement of a fully funded rural
“If there’s a school, I don’t know if we
need the trust, if there’s a whole course.’’
The trust funds extras for the rural
immersion students, such as travel and
He said it took him years to fully
appreciate his brother’s contribution.
“Pat left an enormous heritage to rural
The funding available for the new
school has not been specified, but Tertiary
Minister Paul Goldsmith mentioned
Waikato’s request of $300 million over 10
years as an indication.
Otago and Auckland’s joint school
would build on their existing rural
training with more funding in the mix.
Getting young doctors to work in rural
areas was not all about money, Mr Farry
“ You can take a horse to water, but you
can’t make it drink.’’
Dr Branko Sijnja, who became the
programme’s director after Dr Farry ’s
death in 2009, agreed, saying a lack of
opportunities for doctors’ partners was
part of the problem.
Lack of suitable work in smaller centres
propelled many back to the city.
The programme was most successful
when the participating students were
City-raised students who completed
the year were then much more likely
to want to work in a rural area. Rural
students had a rural focus to start with,
and the programme built on that but did
not make a big difference to their future
He is compiling research showing
the differences between city and rural
students and other aspects of the
Immersion students typically saw more
patients, and handled more serious cases,
than peers who stayed in the city.
“Students find they are welcomed
and recognised. They are not just
another student. They have names and
Social isolation could be a problem, and
Dr Sijnja encouraged them to join clubs
and sport teams.
The programme takes 20 students per
year, in their fifth year.
Dr Sijnja said there would still be a role
for the Farry trust, as students always
needed extra support.
Unsurprisingly, he opposes Waikato’s
bid, pointing out that setting up a new
school dedicated solely to rural health
would create an unhelpful divide between
rural and urban.
Auckland-raised University of Otago
graduate Dr Kirsten Taplin undertook
the rural immersion programme in 2012.
She now lives in Riverton, and is training
to be a GP in Invercargill.
Her immersion year in Balclutha
involved joining in as much as possible,
including making the town’s top netball
The year helped further her
communication and triage skills, she said.
Dr Taplin said a point often missed in
the medical student debate was the lack
of GP trainee places.
Many capable graduates missed out,
despite the need to train more GPs, she
Royal New Zealand College of General
Practitioners president Dr Tim Malloy
said the college had been lobbying the
Government for more trainee places.
This year, 45 doctors who met the
eligibility criteria missed out on GP
training because of a shortage of funded
“It’s an absolute disaster to know there
are 45 doctors out there who would be
interested in a career in general practice
but we can’t offer them training despite
the huge demand for more doctors in
general practice because they ’re not
The third medical school debate was a
‘’side issue’’, in respect of the immediate
problem, but important for the future,
Dr Malloy said.
Rural Immersion Programme
Places 20 year 5 students in rural
Started in 2007 with six students.
Founded by the late Dr Pat Farry, a
long-ser ving Queenstown GP.
Rural immersion centres in Balclutha,
Blenheim, Queenstown, Dannevirke,
Masterton and Greymouth.
Rural GP training
A decade before Waikato University sparked a public debate on a third medical school,
a far-sighted Queenstown GP set up a Rural Medical Immersion Programme to try to
fill rural health shortages. Otago Daily Times reporter EILEEN GOODWIN talks to
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Invercargill doctor Kirsten Taplin, 28, who trained under the Rural Immersion Programme.
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