Dunedin’s reputation as the Edinburgh of the south is under threat after a busking bagpiper was silenced by a noise control officer.
There’s something wrong when people can disrupt the peace with noisy vehciles which endanger themselves and others night after night untroubled by the law, yet a lone piper with a busking licence and the permission of the shop outside which he stands is banished with the threat of the consfication of his $2500 pipes.
Robert Burns who sits in the Octagon not far from the street from which Simon McLean was banished might have said: the best played schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley. . .
Jim Mora has just finished interviewing Simon about the ban – but he didn’t invite him to give us a tune.