I was there at the time.  I had spoken to two of the victims on the very morning of their last day alive.  The Princess Ashika sinking.  74 Dead. 

Now I read that the Prime Minister of Tonga takes exception to being questioned about the incident

He reproached the Australian Counsel for the Commission of Enquiry, saying "You may be an excellent counsel in Australia, but when you are in the
Kingdom of Tonga please try to understand our constitution, and show
some respect for our monarch, for our government, our people and our

Well.  It is hard to have respect for a political system, society and culture that allows such shenanigans to happen. It is time for the Pacific cultures to grow up, and learn that with dependence on modern technology comes responsibility.  Where there is a clash between modern and traditional, there may need to be a choice. Trying to have both may not be sustainable.  Modern toys, such as transport,  urbanisation and its needs such as infrastructure, water treatment and waste disposal, come at a price, both financial and social.  Once chosen, there is no going back to the traditional way.  Learn that and get over it.  

I am reminded of the Inuit, who having discovered fire, tried to keep warm while paddling out to hunt seals.
He learned the hard way that you cannot have your kayak and heat it too. 


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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