Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The Expert Politicians

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.

28 comments:

  1. OK you have convinced me .. the world has gone crazy. You have touched on many topics. Well written and hope you are feeling better after getting all that out.

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  2. Wow you certainly are on fire today Andrew :). Reckon you are 10kg lighter now that's all out of your system lol
    Seriously though, it does us good to put our thoughts down on paper now and again. Looking forward to another post like this
    Take care
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy, I probably am lighter, although not visibly so.

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  3. Thank you. Your rant has saved me energy that I really don't have. And I wouldn't argue about any of it.

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    1. EC, I am surprised I had the energy. It wasn't all written at once.

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  4. Anonymous9:13 am

    Speaking of knighthoods, Bob Ellis was putting it about in one of his columns late last year that apart from the Prince P knighthood, Abbott wanted to knight Murdoch. There's never been a shred of evidence that I am aware of to support such a rumour, but I can't help thinking it's just the sort of thing Abbott would do. After all that the Murdoch papers have done to the Royal family over 40 years or more, he would be the last person she would knight. Dare I say she was not amused? - Ian

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    1. Ian, that would not surprise me about Abbott and Murdoch. Would he have ever dared? I agree. It is very unlikely Murdoch is a favourite of any royal.

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  5. Andrew, The whole Knighthood system here in the UK is such a farce. And so posh boy Cammo's cronie and Election campaign manager gets a knighthood...for what?
    And poor ol' Cammo gets a hostile reception on his recent visit to our flooded Northern England. And quite rightly after he withdrew flooding defence money.
    My blood boils every time I hear how many billions of pounds we send abroad on Foreign Aid for useless and futile projects. When will Governments look after their own back gardens. They may be throwing money towards the floods now, but it's a little late now.

    And so now the floods have reached Scotland and all eyes are on that little centuries old Castle on the outskirts of The Queen's famous Royal Estate Balmoral. Looks like that Castle is going to tumble into the river at any given moment now.

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    1. DeeJohn, you can rant better than I can. Boom and bust funding for things like flood mitigation is a disaster and does not allow long term planning. I had not hear about the castle. Off to check now.

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  6. Where to start? hmmm.

    Australia DID looked grovelling when former Prime Minister Abbottoir knighted Prince Phillip, husband of our Queen. And Lynton Crosby DID help David Cameron be elected PM of Britain. Did he deserve a knighthood? I don't think so.

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    1. Of course Crosby did not deserve a knighthood, and if anyone ever does, it should be for much more of a contribution to society than political strategies.

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  7. I'm already Queen of the Fairies so I don't have to be made a knight or a dame.
    Climate change is here and my neighbour was caught in Chicago in that huge storm front. 6 hours sitting in the plane on the tarmac, twice back to de-ice the wings, more sitting then 20 planes out of the waiting 50 managed to get air-bourne. Hers was the last and she's never had a flight like it in all the years she's been flying. She lands in Melbourne to storms and bushfires and finds out her family in England are in the middle of the worst of the floods.
    Caught the tail end of a story about the Laird in Scotland who had to bolt from the ancestral castle as the floods threatened to bring down the tower.
    I noticed you didn't rant about politicians and their language in speaking to women.

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    1. I just checked that story. I thought it was one of the Queen's castles but it was just on the edge of the Balmoral estate, not part of it.

      Sounds like a nightmare flight.

      It is too difficult to write in depth about politicians and sportsmen and how they interact with women. My hat goes off to female sports reporters and there are quite a number of them now and all have had their own negative experiences.

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  8. Well, now that you've got all that off your chest, what's for dinner? Hmmm?

    The rescue boats being left high and dry reminded me of the local fire trucks being kept back while other trucks from much further away were called in to fight the horrific Sampson Flat fires last summer.
    And what's this about a new computer? Another one? Didn't you just get one recently?

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    1. River, the reason why the trucks were kept in was probably political. That sort of thing usually is. We went to buy a new desk top computer but instead ended with new drawers. Do you want to hear about our drawers again? I though not.

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  9. Many questions.
    I expect you feel so much better now having written all that down..well it's supposed to help, it's said.
    So many bad things happening in this world, just don't know where it's all going to end!

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    1. Margaret, most of that was written in frustration and anger. Anger is such a futile emotion, but yes, felt a bit better after having written the various bits at different times.

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  10. Great rant, made me feel so much better to hear these things out of someone else. However, I was thinking of illegally entering Australia, drawn by promises of health care without bankruptcy and public transport and beautiful gardens like EC's. I thought maybe jumping ship with my raft, swimming the last mile, nope, make that 100 feet max, if need be, crawling ashore, then running into the greeting arms of Australians. Now, after your rant, I'm not so sure you folks wouldn't be shooting at me like we do here, we shoot at everything here. Maybe New Zealand then. Ha.

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    1. Strayer, come the conventional way. Come for a holiday, overstay your visa, work underground, find out how to get medical benefits as a non citizen and you are here. Then wait for the amnesty. New Zealand is more welcoming and rather a nice place. I don't know the stats but the number of US and Canadian folk here is huge.

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  11. I agree about the all over advertising and the rest of your rant.

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    1. Diane, you may not know how good the Gold Coast light rail really is, and I know about such things, and it is brilliant. Sadly, some of its vehicles are marred by all over advertising.

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  12. O H, what a rant.

    Agree with you about uber and taxis but think you should distinguish between regulation of taxis and their dealings with passengers and regulation of taxis as vehicles in traffic (the taxi rank issue).

    You know that we have quite different views about border security, but so far as the illegal fireworks are concerned (and it seems to be more of a Victorian issue for some reason - I can't work out why - maybe because of endemic drought?) the important illegality is not illegal importing but illegal use other than as part of regulated professional displays.

    Not sure why you choose to pick on corrupt Singaporean ports as sources of drugs.

    Then again, as with fireworks, there are obviously plenty of people who want them here so you can't really just be blaming the source.

    Good luck with Hoddle St/Punt Road. You must be mixing with the wrong people if you have never heard anyone arguing against 24/7 clearways there, as obviously there are some such people, presumably people who need to park there from time to time or, more likely, whose businesses rely on people being able to find parking there.

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    1. Marcellous, the way some cab drivers deal with the public is about regulation and those regulations too are not being enforced.

      You are right. It is irrelevant where the fireworks come from but the point is there is a perception that we have good border security for people and goods and that is simply not true.

      I like Singapore and I would like it to admit its ports are corrupt and not pretend it is anything special. Same as here really.

      I truly haven't heard anyone argue that parking should be retained in Punt Road/Hoddle Streets, not even from the many public transport experts I follow. There is not a lot of parking available on the road anyway. The overall effect to people would be minimal and there aren't many businesses that would be effected.

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  13. Feeling better Andrew :) A sound rant now and then is good for the soul, I truly believe it is so :)

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    1. Yes, Grace, as the ad goes, I feel better now.

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  14. I only notice that's everywhere the same, I think to have a perfect world we have to wait a bit and probably by then if that ever happens I will see the roots of the flowers and not the flowers anymore !

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    1. Gattina, we can only hope our descendants make a better job than we have. But always remember, there is much more good in the world than bad.

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