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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


They force all the taxi drivers to get these spycams whether they want to or not and now some of them haven't been able to fit them within the timeline they are all out of work. Ridiculous. This measure is supposed to help the taxi drivers not penalise them. This is the sort of bureaucracy gone mad - the Nany state - that the Nats claimed they would save NZ from. And yet here is Steven Joyce responsible for one after another petty abomination.

National has no philosophical opposition to compulsion - it's only when the compulsuion is for something left-wing (like students' associations) when they kick up a fuss. Joyce has been "captured" by his Ministry.

NZ Herald:

About 500 Auckland taxis have been unable to accept fares since Monday, because mandatory security cameras have yet to be installed in them.

Although their operators were given an extra week from August 1 to fit the cameras and panic buttons, following attacks on drivers and the murders of two of them, the Transport Agency has refused to grant a further reprieve.

It's the taxi drivers and companies that should determine their safety precautions not the Ministry.


At 10/8/11 11:23 pm, Blogger Ovicula said...

The only compulsion the Nats have ever been against is compelling the rich to be socially and environmentally responsible. The amount of kiwi habitat that has been bulldozed in the Bay of Islands to build monuments to bad taste is shocking. More shocking is the fact that these great corporate citizens can factor any fines into their prices and still make a fat profit.

At 11/8/11 10:12 am, Blogger countryboy said...

Absolutely right Ovicula ! I remember when I moved to Christchurch in the early 1980's . There were some fantastic architecture and thriving micro-retail cultures then in came The Big Money ! ( Hear dooms day music ) Beautiful and architecturally significant buildings were flattened , often under the cover of darkness and up popped soulless fridge-like buildings consigning the micro-retail cultures into oblivion . ( Then in came the dreaded Shopping Malls ) The ' developers ' paid their fines , a pittance and on they went . The Earthquake wasn't the first event to all but destroy that previously beautiful city . Tim ! You're on the money too . But I think Nanny State is too apple pie . How about an Adolf State ? ' You vil OBEY ! Oh ! And by the way . If you think Labour is any different to the National ( Front ) party look closely at some of the Labour Party member's history's . There are one or two good people in there but not bloody many !


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