Miss a day's posting and you blog is on the downhill slide. That is rubbish of course. But I didn't post anything today so here later is something that has been in the back of my mind for some time.
A Uber (it seems so wrong to not type 'an Uber') driver was today fined by the courts after undercover Taxi Directorate officers successful caught him operating illegally. Here is my view.
At some point in the distant past the laissez faire taxi business became so bad and dysfunctional for users that politicians found the need to regulate the industry. The taxi industry is now highly, albeit not so effectively, regulated. I see this as quite a good reason why Uber should not operate. If it was judged in the past that hiring cars for personal transport caused problems for society, then why allow a new system of unregulated hire cars to operate? Uber has to either be regulated or not be allowed to operate.
While if we were in a house, we probably would have solar panels on our roof and perhaps some kind of tank to collect roof water run off for the garden, again, I believe in the collective good. In the mid twentieth century, many people still had water tanks and still dealt with their own sewerage generation. Governments set up electricity supply departments, gas supply departments, water supply departments, telephone supply departments, sewerage collection piping systems and mail delivery departments. Classically train and tram systems were brought into to government fold. Why? Because there was a need and it led to cheaper prices and better service than what the private operators offered. Private operation of these essential supplies failed.
Now many have been privatised and if not, they have been corporatised. Has this led to better service? In some ways yes, but at what cost? We taxpayers subsidise so many of these former government departments at such a great cost, so we may as well own them as taxpayers.
The latest newspaper headlines told how the public service has been reduced with a large saving to taxpayers funding, yet more than the public service bill reductions has been spent on private consultants.
Private enterprise is very good at supplying consumer wants, but not so good at supplying consumer essentials for the very obvious reason that private enterprise operates to make a profit.
Capital needs to be kept in a heavy government reign and not allowed to operate laissez faire. It disgusts me that so few high flyers paid any penalty for the Global Financial Crisis, which would have never happened if governments had their eyes on the ball and some control over the game.