We are all truck drivers today.
Yes, it might be inconvenient to see the roads blocked.
But this is a battle against government in our interests too.
It's not just about road charges, there is more to it than that.
It is a battle about honesty.
Annette King and the Liarbour government had promised that there would be no changes to roaduser charges withour prior warning.
Liarbour reneged on that agreement.
Now, Liarbour may think it can lie, but if Liarbour is going to make promises that it breaks, how can we be expected to believe the promises it will make to the public in the upcoming election campaign?
There are also other matters of government integrity. It was interesting the announcement was made on the day of the official launch of KiwiRail. So as the Hive noted, government is going to screw the scrum in favour of its new $1.5 billion toy!
And of course there is the issue of a government being in touch with reality.
We are all suffering from rising food and fuel prices. And what does government do? But impose more tax rises.
The truckers, not the big businesses the left may claim, are predominatly one man drivers and small operators of just a few trucks. The increases will hurt.
Thus, they will have no option but to pass on the higher charges to you and I. And as I blogged the other day, with everything relying on trucks for transportation, higher road user charges will increase the costs of just about everything we buy.
To feed a greedy government still hungry for more of your cash.
In a week, Liarbour has announced other tax rises on alcohol and changes to ACC which will also mean more costs on employers. How much can businesses, like us, bear?
So, it is not a case of truckers being 'free riders' like the left say. They more than pay their way towards the cost of roading, leaving a substantial surplus to the Consolidated fund.
The truckies work long and unsociable hours too, to ensure there is food on our table and our stores have the other necessities of modern life.
And Liarbour just wants to make it harder and more expensive for us all.
We see an arrogant government contemptuous of public opinion blundering all the way.
So today, whether you have made it to work or not, remember , we are all truckies today, living but struggling in a world of higher Liarbour imposed taxes!
In the meantime, I leave you with that classic 1975 truckers song, made in the days before proper music videos, Convoy from CW McCall.