Posts by BenWilson

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  • Polity: Custard, in reply to oga,

    Isn’t that how National got into power last time? Saying nothing, and relying on the population to vote National …. because they’re not Labour.

    Sort of. And at the end of the day, that’s actually the main real power of a democratic system. It’s not really that great at selecting the best possible government, but it is quite good at getting rid of a really bad government. Which is where I think we’ve ended up now. So sure, positive messages from Labour, packed with policy and brimming with the competence of their people would be great. But in order for the risk of change to even seem worthwhile, people do have to realize just how bad things have got.

    It’s really shocking how normal outright poverty and exploitation have become in this country. This has to stop, and in a way, I think that’s finally become more important than getting the perfect Leftist dream team together. So long as they’re pretty much competent and the alternative is there, I think that the missing million do have something to vote for.

    ETA: I should probably point out here, that I'm not saying people have to vote for Labour. In signaling a closer relationship with the Greens, Labour have really pulled their heads out of their arses about how they can win this election. If people prefer what the Greens are about to what Labour is about, they can vote for the Greens with reasonable confidence that if Labour is elected, it will be with Green support, and there is a whole world of progressive influence contained in that understanding. That would be a real change, something we have never yet seen in NZ. I would personally be prepared to give it a try, definitely in light of National fiddling while our whole way of life burns.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Custard,

    I’m not a massive Labour fan (although I fully admit that they have significantly grown on me since Little took the helm), but seriously, it’s getting to the point where the very much lesser of two evils would be a very big step.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Custard,

    We don't even need right wing commentators, so rapidly can we turn a discussion of the major shortcomings of the government into about the much lesser shortcomings of the opposition. It's like we've internalized the right wing talking points.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Custard, in reply to tussock,

    Right. There is recourse if the excuse is essentially unfair, discriminatory, untruthful, malicious, etc.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Custard,

    In signaling closer alliance with the Greens, Labour has, however, given you a way to vote for a change of government without having to actually vote for Labour.

    But even so think it’s unfair to say that their “only change” is not significant. Forcing employers to give a reason for dismissal is a big improvement on the current “fire at will” setup.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    If you treat someone and they die, our organization will stand by you 100%. And no, obviously you can't have that in writing. Because that would be evidence of a crime by us. So harden up and run straight at those guns, stark naked and screaming. We're right behind you. About 35 miles behind you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    I know the director of Urban you're talking about. He was instrumental in bringing the drivers together who were most furious about the price drops. He built a large Facebook following, from which the driver association has sprung, although he personally opposed the idea. Those who want to form a legal entity for the rights of drivers are pretty much diverging from that Facebook group, which is increasingly appearing to be a vehicle for enlisting drivers to Urban.

    Beyond his claims that Urban will save the drivers from slavery, no real detail has emerged about it. I'm personally doubtful that it is anything more than vaporware at the moment

    Other competitors will emerge, though. There are mature clones out there. I am doubtful that any of them will do much to make the lot of drivers better, though, since they will have to compete on price to grow market share.

    My belief is that a fair shake is only going to come to drivers that organize themselves and work collectively.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    There is no way to discern in advance that a rider is new. The only telltale sign is the perfect 5 rating. But that is extremely common anyway, even for riders who have done a lot of trips.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Just heard that NZTA netted around 60 illegal Uber drivers in Christchurch on Saturday. How? They just used the rider app and pretty much were shooting fish in a barrel all day. I hope this sends a message.

    Apparently the drivers pleaded ignorance of basically every passenger hire law there is, stating that Uber told them these laws do not apply.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: I Fell Down,

    Good to hear you are ready to entertain again. At least that's how I read you. It seemed likely to me that the way you dealt with the multiple crises that shattered Christchurch was going to delay the grief, and that it would hit you later. Because you dealt with it by getting extremely busy. Which was more than appropriate at the time. You formed a rock that saved those around you from bearing a far harder brunt of the tidal wave of misery that the region suffered. It's admirable to the point of being inspirational, although it might also not seem that way to you, because at some level it is also a coping mechanism. I don't think you should feel the slightest guilt at that grief catching you up the moment you got a rest, or creeping up on you in a worn out state, and absolutely no guilt that family shocks and tragedies would rob us of your levity. You have to grieve your losses, and the survivor guilt that others had it worse is also natural.

    I see a ray of sunshine peeping through here, though. It seems to me that grieving privately is your style and inflicting it on others was hard to enthuse about. That you're back and joking tells me of progress being made there that I was really quite worried about when you last wrote. You needed the break, and I look forward to your thoughts as they bubble up again.

    Arohanui, David.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9850 posts Report Reply

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