Today Government is inconveniencing me greatly, and at the same time equally greatly assisting me in expressing a point, that has consistently given me trouble to communicate.
I don't vote (I never have) this is not out of complacency or lack of interest; I'm very interested (in the political process) I have just always considered voting to be a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME! It has always been apparent to me that unless one was Gallus Gallus Domesticus and lived in the correct yard it made no difference to anything who had the reins of power. For a long time now we have had,for the most part, to rely primarily on luck and the instincts of the horses to keep the coach from careering off the road. The Coachmen have, regardless of party affiliation, been consistently lacking in vision and accountability (I just felt I would flog the "reins of power" metaphor to death).
So today I find that I am unable to attend to urgent business with CAIPO because Al Barrack the "owner" of the buildings that house their offices quite rightly* wants what is his and has locked off his building. His grouse is not partisan, it is with government, he wants his money which one party (when in government) refused for whatever reason (despite a court and later high court ruling) to pay and which the other party (when in government) failed for whatever reason (despite promising to honour the high court ruling) to pay.
Before anybody starts making distracting noises about not having cash to pay the man, bear in mind that political will trumps cash and if there had been a real desire to resolve this some one would have brokered a deal in lieu of cash.
In my opinion the elephant in the room is the tendency for our political class to feel that is is beyond the rule of law and somehow untouchable. This thinking tends to breed vindictiveness, myopia and inefficient, ineffectual governance and it is one of several reasons that I don't vote.
So, to summarize, one set of naked emperors runs up a bill and refuses to pay, then another set of naked emperors refuses to honour a recognised debt. The man get vexed and lock-off his building and my urgent business with CAIPO immediately becomes irrelevant!
Next election anybody telling me stupidness about my HAVING to vote because my forebears fought for my right to vote (which by the way would include my right not to vote... look up the difference between a right and an obligation) is going to get pissed on (literally not metaphorically).
When offered a choice between a box of jobby and a bag of jobby I feel justified in saying... "whatever... it makes no real difference... I have plenty of bags and boxes and jobby is jobby! "
*He is quite right to want his things. ... I cannot speak to the legality of his locking-off the building.
It was drawn to my attention that I may have mixed up my buildings. This doesn't affect my main point about bipartisan inefficiency, but it does mean that I can proceed with my business as planned today.
Nala (The $2 Philosopher)