Here’s Frydenberg at it again:
And in the words of the AMEC, you only get offered a discount from the energy company when you threaten to leave to go to another one. That’s effectively a loyalty tax that’s being imposed on the customers (and) that’s not good enough — these companies have a social licence to operate…
God help us! And again, what planet does he live on? All businesses, particularly those within the insurance industry, that are not contract based, will offer additional discounts to avoid losing existing customers. All businesses, including power companies, operate to make, indeed to maximise, a profit and if they do not do so they will be punished in the stock market and investors will lose. In the long run, their success depends upon them being flexible and nimble and this includes variable pricing. The upside for customers in this business model is that they do, now, have this leverage – leverage they would not have if they were locked into contracts (which would be the preferred model of the business).
And as for ‘social licence to operate’. To hear that from a supposedly conservative government minister just beggars belief and gives me virtually no hope for the future. Wasn’t it Frydenberg who, contemptuously, rejected Tony Abbott’s call for the government to step in and purchase Liddell if AGL refused to keep it going, as being contrary to the ‘free market principles’ that Conservatives espouse. How does the concept of a ‘social licence to operate’ fit in with those principles, Josh?
If there is such a thing as a ‘social licence to operate’ in our democratic society it does not reside on the market side of the equation. From time immemorial, societies have advanced on the back of trade – the willing exchange of goods, services and money. It does not need a licence to operate – it operates because that is what society wants and needs. If anyone should be constrained by a ‘social licence to operate’ it is government. We, the people, grant to government, certain powers to intervene in our normal endeavours for strictly limited purposes, for example, to protect us against wrong doing by powerful corporations. At least, that’s how it should work. What we are increasingly seeing is that government is ignoring its ‘social licence to operate’ and imposing itself more and more into our lives. Government has become its own raison d’etre.
The Rabz doctrine was on display this morning on Outsiders.
Rowan Dean and Ross Cameron had me on talking about Chris Berg and my book on the ABC. They gave a great shout out for the Cat – thank you for that.
The notion of privatising the ABC has been very topical over the weekend with the Liberal Federal Council voting 2:1 to privatise the ABC but the government immediately saying “No”.
You have to wonder what it is the Liberal federal council does apart from raising money to contest elections and then rounding up the voters to vote Liberal? After gifting a life of extraordinary privilege to MPs it must be a bit galling to have your views and opinions so contemptuously swept aside. To the extent that the Federal Council can influence funding decisions and pre-selections they should start more pointed questions at preselection:
- Do you agree that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem?
- Do you support the privatisation of the ABC?
- Why are you wanting to run as a Liberal Party candidate?
Josh Frydenberg is quoted in The Australian as saying, inter alia,
… policy paralysis over a decade-and-a-half of Australian governments has led to less investment in the sector.
What planet is he living on? Far from ‘paralysis’ there has been frenetic government intervention leading to vast amounts of unsuitable investment. The problem we have is that both sides of politics are squabbling over the best way to achieve CO2 reduction targets that have no empirical relationship to any measurable temperature reduction and neither bothering to apply even the semblance of a blow torch to the underlying prognostications of CAGW that have so far proved so costly to consumers and industry and so illusory in observed climatic behaviour. I would urge Frydenberg to concentrate his mind on the ‘catastrophic’ element of the CAGW meme and start thinking about some form of rigorous cost benefit analysis – rather than the ‘we can’t afford not to act’ cop out that has so far characterized their handling of this far-from-settled issue.
Yesterday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews put out this tweet in response to an, admittedly tactlessly worded, warning from Vic Police that everyone, particularly young women, should be mindful of their personal security when walking alone at night:
So our message to Victorian women is this: Stay home. Or don’t. Go out with friends at night. Or don’t. Go about your day exactly as you intend, on your terms. Because women don’t need to change their behaviour. Men do.
That statement is jaw droppingly stupid and it astounds me that no-one has called Andrews out on it. Could there have ever been a more asinine public statement, on any subject, than this. It is virtue signalling par excellence and, if taken literally, is likely to put more women in danger.
‘Men’ do not commit these crimes. Anti-social misfits do and they are not going to modify their behaviour at the behest of anyone, let alone a moron like Andrews.
Humans are a flawed species and some specimens are found within the ranks of men. It will always be thus. To tar all men with this infamy is not only grossly offensive but also counterproductive.
It is never good for one’s blood pressure to get too annoyed about events. In recent years I have become increasingly concerned and annoyed about the return of communism through trendy new sorties such as gender, diversity, race and identify politics. What was 15 years ago political correctness has morphed into a much more hard line perversion by former communists and their apologists to not only drown out alternative voices but actively subvert institutions which once upheld traditional western values. Our institutions – from universities and throughout society – have been captured within (by treachery) rather than externally. The taxpayer continues to subsidise those who wish harm to western values, history and institutions while also subsidising people and organisations intent on destroying dissenting voices. This is terribly annoying and infuriating. It is achieved by exaggerating the harms done in the name of western civilisation while underplaying the benefits.
I know that many people – libertarians, conservatives etc – who railed against this trend saw the election of Donald Trump – or, rather, the rejection of Hillary Clinton – as at least a sign of some backlash – perhaps a spine will grow in those who might defend the legacy left by some many earlier generations?
I thought (and continue to think) Trump was a false ‘prophet’, a buffoon who would achieve the opposite of those hopes.
But I’m gradually coming to the view that Trump is a necessary evil, a product of the decline of the west. He may well be the spark that inspires others to reject the stasis that has enveloped many western developed countries which have fallen into a period of self loathing.
Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-Un may be a false dawn for the future of the Hermit Kingdom. But it’s more promising than any other action in that space since the Korean War.
So let’s play it out, and watch brains explode when Trump is elected for a second term. I will not worry and I have learned to love the Donald.
Let’s first define seaward: “the direction or side away from land and toward the open sea”. Seems pretty innocuous, yet there has been quite a disturbance in the force over the use of just this word the other day. And it is being commented on very sharply at Powerline, here under the heading, Ammo Grrrll finds no limits in THE THIRD RAIL. Read it all since the scum on the left know no bounds to their vile subnormal behaviour. For some idea of what you will find at the link, I will just quote this and let you see for yourself what comes before and after.
The late, psychotic, plug-ugly dwarf Charles Manson shared his secret formula for getting a sizable harem of young women to do his bidding. Make them perform humiliating and deviant sex acts that break down all inhibitions and violate civilized norms. In no time, you will have a cult of lost, broken souls who are capable of slaughtering a 9-months pregnant woman. Yes, yes, I know that one person’s “deviant” act is another’s pleasure. I’m not talking about a wide range of “normal.” I’m talking about violating all borders and boundaries of human decency.
Women publicly calling another woman vile names and men tittering about it instead of defending the slandered woman as a gentleman would is a marker on the steep slide to Perdition, a breakdown of civilized norms.
People who fret over the effect on “Gaia” Mother Earth from SUVs do not think for a minute about how fragile “civilization” can be. Civilizations have come and gone. If you separate sex not only from procreation but even from loving intimacy, you have one ingredient for disaster. Demonizing normal, robust masculinity as “toxic” while unleashing enraged, unhinged, unfeminine women, immune to any criticism, is another way to hasten societal collapse.
The American left have gone insane. And if you have never heard the story of Andrew Jackson and the duel he fought, this is the place to find out. There are many reasons to compare PDT to AJ, this being just one.