Restore, Repair; or, Replace – AP Forum version.
There comes a time when that question must be asked. The answer is subjective – it all depends on what it is, who values it, what the final cost will be and what worth or value will gained from the expenditure. Perception and ‘beauty’ in the eye of the beholder’ all count in total score – and whether the ‘thing’ will be of any practical or intrinsic value once the job is done. But with non material things, such as our ASA, ATSB and CASA, there can only be one answer to all the questions.
Are they worth restoring? Clearly and unequivocally – No.
Are they worth repairing? Clearly and unequivocally – No.
For many practical reasons, standing alone, the answer must be a resounding NO. There has been incredible sums invested in both repair and attempted restoration. That infamous building company Bodgit and Leggit have made their families fortune with quick, cheap and nasty repairs; but no sane building inspector would rubber stamp their efforts as being up to specification. Which means of course we are only left with one option – replacement.
Question for the ‘notice paper’? http://www.auntypru.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=149&pid=8920#pid8920 … #PelAir
“In the present case it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible to any public office of trust or profit in the Republic. But I do not repine, for I am a subject of it only by force of arms.” ― H.L. Mencken
I find it difficult to believe that an intelligent man, a born and bred bureaucrat, trained from the tit and schooled thereafter; like Carmody, is happy with his current situation. No sane person could be. Yet the poor bugger has to sit there, play nice with a thing like McDonaught; keep the current crop of swamp creatures happy; play marbles with Aleck, fight off Anastasi’s Eastern Bloc tendency to build Gulags; keep Crawford out of the axe cupboard and then, keep an industry ticking over.
The short answer is to get him out of the fire, give him some sane support to restructure the entire system. Minister (accidental capitalisation) the white ants have been through the building – it is buggered. Let it collapse around itself while we rebuild and refresh the primary spirit and intent of Australia’s ‘safety agencies’. The whole charade is coming unglued, more glue, tinsel and motherhood will not help. The Kiwi’s did it: did it very well indeed; and, look where they are now – at a third the cost. I ask you, when did throwing money into a fire ever help extinguish it? Or; more prosaically, when did setting fire to your feet help keep your hands warm? Clean sheet of paper, redefine what our agencies should be doing and get on with doing it. This is ridiculous.
“Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.” ― Immanuel Kant
I’m going to keep it short this week; there is only one letter which really matters. It is the one signed by the miniscule glove puppet to Barry O’Sofullashite, telling ‘em that all’s well and they can knock off inquiries into ‘aviation safety’ (whatever the hell that is). BOS will grab that get out of gaol card and go, like hells hound were chasing, to the end of his little pantomime at estimates. Does the minister seriously expect the industry to accept the last little group hug session of budget estimates as the new norm? Is he really going to leave the management of an important Senate function in the hands of a man who, IMO, is not to be trusted to fill out a breakfast order form.
“Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.” ― Aristophanes, Plutus
While on the subject of WOFTAM; how much has the Rice Pudding airspace debate cost – in time, money and effort? It is bad enough that we must sit through the wittering’s of this puling, time wasting fool’s off planet notions at estimates – but when a Bill is brought in, by a crowd who want a greener planet, proposing to add an additional 200,000 miles to the journeys of the Qantas fleet alone; it’s time someone put a stop to the loony left ideas of what is safe and good. That’s before there is a serious complaint made against the cost of an air ticket – by the same motley crew who don’t want the noise over ‘their’ place. Why not just have one airport in the middle, say at Alice Spring then folk can commute home from there by Shank’s Mare or, push bikes for those in first class? Ridiculous notion #2.
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.” ― Bertrand Russell
Just in case there are still some who believe our ‘departments’ actually are honest and there to serve the national well being – think again. The truly dreadful performance of the DVA, sponsored, supervised and approved by none other than Darren 7D has been exposed through the tale of one lone man. Except he ain’t alone; there are many truly dreadful, sad but true tales of departmental embuggerance of individuals. Gods help the government if they ever all got together and mounted a serious campaign or a political party. Never happen of course, once mauled by the beast many shuffle off into obscurity, to lick their wounds and recover some semblance of dignity. Rollins story is not a one off, an aberration or even unusual – except like Karen’s case, it got heard by many. Disgusting.
Usually, I can find a laugh or two in the weeks take out menu, alas, not today. The deafening noise of ranks closing, stable doors slamming and drawbridges being hauled up prevents even a scrap of humour being heard. Aye; ‘tis indeed a strangle world when the only bit of good news came from the CASA submission to the Rice Pudding push for hush. Of course a cynic would say half of that submission was to let Halfwit know that CASA hold all the Aces and he can’t have control of airspace – (thank the gods for small mercies).
“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation.” ― James Freeman Clarke
Anyway: enough of my rambling; tempus fugit and there’s man’s work to be done.
P2 – A bit of R&R on the road to Wagga…