This probably needs an edit and a tidy up, and some fact checking but after ten plus years of blog writing, why would I start doing that now?
There is a bloke at one of our universities, Graeme someone I think, and there was also the late Paul Meese, also a university person. They know and knew public transport inside out. Without mentioning names, there are some real non professional people who know about public transport here in Melbourne. Yet, politicians know better than people who have made their lives as public transport experts.
Two words in caps for emphasis. CLIMATE SCIENTISTS. Apparently some of our politicians know better than climate scientists and deny climate change. A climate scientist had surely studied weather and its changes for a very long time and yet politicians (and some newspaper columnists) know better.
Politicians go against advice by very experienced medical people and make rules to suit their budgets, not the practicality of medicine.
For years we have wanted proper labelling on food products, yet we don't yet have it. And why not the red/orange/green light system?
Why don't we have the much talked about refundable deposit on drink containers as South Australia does?
I have never heard anyone argue against permanent clearways, that is no car parking, in Punt Rd/Hoddle Street. How hard is it to put up clear way signs? Very difficult, it seems.
I do not understand why before anything in our State of Victoria has to or is going to be done, we have to reinvent the wheel. At times an overseas study tour is required. Why? All the information is available on the net.
Uber taxi users complain about a 8 fold increase in prices for New Year's Eve travel. That my friends is why taxis were regulated. You want unregulated? Then you pay 8 times the price in peak demand. Pure unfettered capitalism.
Our taxis might be highly regulated, but the regulations are not enforced. If there is an issue the government can't ignore, it will make a new law and not enforce that either. I was in town one night last week and between Bourke and Lonsdale Street in Swanston Street, taxis were lined up in both direction under the 'this is not a taxi rank' signs on both sides of the street. They were also in the loading zone in Swanston Street at Federation Square and also queued back from Flinders Street Station in the cycling lane over Princes Bridge. Oh yes, our taxis are highly regulated.
The tourist rip off horse and cart folk park illegally in Swanston Street when they want and clearly do what they want whenever. I can tell you, there is one day going to be horrible public accidental death of one of those horses and guess what the government or council will do? Make a new law, when it should have enforced the old ones.
Have you ever seen one of our Border Security tv shows? If you are overseas, maybe you are impressed by our border security. What border security? We have heaps of illegal visa overstayers and illegitimate foreign students and mainland Chinese abusing our immigration system. Around Melbourne on NYE over forty fires were started by illegal fireworks, illegally imported probably from China. Australia is awash with drugs, imported mostly via corrupt Singapore ports. Singapore tries to pretend it is a first world non corrupt Asian country, but never believe that.
Gosh, I thought Australia looked embarrassingly ingratiating when former Prime Minister Abbott knighted Prince Phillip, husband of our Queen. Lynton Crosby helped former Australian conservative PM John Howard be re-elected and went on to help David Cameron be elected PM of England. It seems his political work earned him an English knighthood. England, you should be really embarrassed about this outrage. Crosby is a nasty cut throat piece of work and would sell his mother for a couple of pieces of silver. England, you give a knighthood to this man?
Speaking of England, how awful the floods were. Nothing to do with climate change though, mind. The US has had some terrible weather too, but neither is that to do with climate change either. France and Poland are having a lovely warm weather winter. Could it be climate change? Of course not you silly sausage. They are just in luck. It is not a trend.
The English city of York was badly affected by floods but they have two brilliant rescue boats ready to do the job they were bought for, that is rescue people in flood waters. Not being a York person, and I don't want to be, Yorkies?, no, they are Yorkshire puddings, should be massing in the streets in protest as to why these boats were kept high and dry while other boats from nearby and afar English towns were called in to help rescue people. Extraordinary! England's Tory government has cut funding from city flood defences, and guess what happened when it rained a lot? English towns were flooded. Some basic cause and effect there.
Lest you think I am a Tory/Liberal Party hater, you are correct, but Labour/Labor doesn't do so well at times. While I am a staunch unionist, how disgraceful in Australia was the behaviour of union officers Craig Thompson and Kathy Jackson. They ripped off their poorly paid union member workers for huge amounts of money.
Are you ever tempted to take Yahoo news seriously? Crap like this headline that takes you directly to advertising should stop you in your tracks. 'New Craze is wiping out slow computers across AU and is now the #1 reason not to buy a new computer'. It is shite. Btw, we are buying a new computer, over the internet from a Sydney shop at the suggestion of an acquaintance.
Rant completed. If anything I have written made you question what you may have thought, my job is done.
Really should add a photo so that apparently I will attract more attention in blog lists. Hey, I can have another rant, all over advertising on public transport vehicles that stops your view out of the window for a stop or street or building you may be trying to see. It is so much worse when you are travelling in a tram with drop down windows and you get double thickness of all over advertising.