Amus­ing ar­ti­cle with se­ri­ous point

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Ed­i­tor News ed­i­tor An item in the KM re­ally caught my at­ten­tion this week - John Nur­den de­scrib­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence in the su­per­mar­ket. It was very amus­ing and symp­to­matic of men­tal health in our na­tion today. These is­sues are af­flict­ing ev­ery strata of so­ci­ety from top to bot­tom from the rich to the poor. The causes are eas­ily iden­ti­fied: Stress, stress and more stress on the lives of adults and chil­dren. The be­wil­der­ing com­plex­ity of this com­put­erised, an­droid-driven so­ci­ety and the de­hu­man­is­ing con­se­quences out­lined in John Nur­den’s “Driv­ing Me Crazy” were a great truth.

Con­sider some of these causes: In­sur­mount­able debt driv­ing peo­ple into the hands of the greedy, doorstep lenders and in­ter­est rates of £1,500 to £2,000 from widely ad­ver­tised loans, the ever-present threat of in­tim­i­da­tion and the bailiffs and sin­gle moth­ers strug­gling for sur­vival.

Fi­nally the pres­sure be­comes un­bear­able and they crack.

These in­sta­bil­i­ties in so­ci­ety must af­fect our chil­dren, the break­down of mar­riages and the sup­port of the nu­clear fam­ily. Given the per­va­sive ef­fect of pornog­ra­phy, drugs, al­co­holism, as well as in­ter­net bul­ly­ing, self doubt about ap­pear­ance and even sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion en­dured by our ‘mod­ern so­ci­ety’, no won­der they are de­pressed, anx­ious and sui­ci­dal.

Thank God we have so many won­der­ful peo­ple car­ing for our chil­dren. I fear we will need some dra­matic changes in so­ci­ety to re­dress these sit­u­a­tions. We can­not wind the clock back to more sta­ble and in­no­cent times. Michael Nash, Chart Sut­ton. Lo­cal Plan by the Con­ser­va­tive plan­ning com­mit­tee spokesper­son is a wel­come in­ter­ven­tion (Let­ters KM Novem­ber 2). His naive can­dour shines a light on where true blame lies for this de­press­ing blue­print for ur­ban sprawl and grid­lock.

Con­ser­va­tives ran Maid­stone coun­cil be­tween 2008 and 2014 when the ‘call for sites’ ex­er­cise was un­der­taken, which spawned a raft of con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ments, such as those in Sut­ton Road and Her­mitage Lane, and saw lo­cal land­scape pro­tec­tion deleted or di­luted.

By the time the Con­ser­va­tives lost con­trol, largely as a re­sult of pub­lic anger at their de­vel­op­ment choices, the process had gone

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