Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hi Vis jerkin encore

Following on from Gravedodger's post below, I thought this quote from Coast to Coast supremo, Robin Judkins, was apt (it appears in the December edition of NZ Triathlon & Multisport magazine):
One area that...has changed over the race's 30 year history is the paperwork, particularly in the area of health and safety...Judkins insist that this has always been his focus and points out that his was the first event to insist on competitors holding a kayaking certificate and wearing helmets and lifejackets.


What he objects to, and he's certainly not alone here, is the "stifling" level of bureaucracy now surrounding the multisport and adventure racing industry. "I'm safety conscious anyway, I always have been, I just don't like being told what to do...[T]he risk is the same it was thirty years ago. The risk hasn't increased but where we started out with 22 officials, now it takes 400 officials to run the same race."

The bottom line is that "all the red tape makes events more expensive to run" which is bad news..."[P]rice has become a huge factor".
I accept I'm a little odd, in that I look at a lot of things from a contrarian point of view. The food fascists want to tax sugar because "people are getting fat!". They then pass ridiculous health and safety laws to protect people from themselves, and in the process price people out of multisport and triathlon events. When I did my first Ironman in 1999, it cost me $550 to enter. Next year's event is $760. Judkins' Coast to Coast is no different.

The same applies for smaller events. They are becoming ridiculously expensive. I readily accept the price mechanism has an effect on people's choices, so making tobacco more expensive (and sugar for that matter) will have an impact. And of course making events more expensive through needless regulation will price people out of the market - less exercise = fatter population.

I am not holding my breath waiting for a reduction in bureaucracy, when the lazy answer is simply to tax people.

18 comments:

Redbaiter said...

"I am not holding my breath waiting for a reduction in bureaucracy"

That would indeed be foolish, but all of this only happens because you/we allow it to.

Like most of the writers on this site, your attitude is one of resigned inevitability.

Just what the left love to see. Minimal resistance couched in submissive and arse kissing liberal language.

Yellow dogs are easily cowed, and the left know this.

No Minister (apart from the crazy psycho) calls itself a right wing site. If that is true, its a good example of why the left are so overwhelmingly dominant in NZ.

Weak and apologetic, every post is couched in language that looks as if it has first been proof read for "non offensiveness" by Helen Klark.

The changes in our society that you complain of have all happened because you have allowed them to happen, and your plaintive whining will never change things.

Our enemies just sneer and laugh and carry on. They're sure they've got us beat, and when they read No Minister, why wouldn't they think that?

Nick K said...

All these years I have been looking for the real problem, and all that time it has been laying at my doorstep. It's *my* fault. Shit. Thanks for pointing this out Red.

Judge Holden said...

Russell has, OTOH, made great strides over the last 10 years in convincing people that his brand of conservatism is associated with psychotic, abusive, misanthropic assholes, and as a consequence at least two people have been converted.

dad4justice said...

redbaiter you banned me from your site, oh well just like Farrar,The sub standard and frogblog and public dress etc...

Keyboard cowards are pathetic!

Psycho Milt said...

Most likely he couldn't distinguish between your comments and a spambot with Tourette's syndrome, D4J. Have you considered writing coherent sentences at all? In my experience, blog owners look favourably on that...

dad4justice said...

PM I do TV real well.

Do watch for lots from d4j on camera in 2012.

time for truth cowards!

Anonymous said...

"psychotic, abusive, misanthropic assholes, and as a consequence at least two people have been converted"

. . and one of them must be you.

Redbaiter said...

One thing that makes it all worthwhile Spondre, is knowing what a great part I play in the miserable lives of sad little psychotic obsessive stalkers like you.

Judge Holden said...

So imagining you are playing a part in the life of someone called Spondre makes spending all of the non-institutionalised part of your sad life on the Internet abusing people? You're in quite bad shape old fella. Time for another stint off the air perhaps...

Redbaiter said...

Its not imagined Spondre.

Its a fact born out by the evidence of your immediate appearance every time I write something here, you poor obsessive little fucked in the head loser.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

"....Time for another stint off the air perhaps..."

How unusual. A much banned troll accuses another of being a troll.

Judge Holden said...

Learn how to use an apostrophe next time you're in rehab Russell, you sociopathic, impotent sad sack. It's (see what I did there?) pretty straightforward.

Redbaiter said...

I write how and what I want Bryan, and I don't need instructions from sick cowardly little stalkers who rather than beating on the streets of Ponsonby and Parnell, should be in a mental hospital somewhere getting urgent treatment for OCD.

Judge Holden said...

You do need instructions. Russell. You don't know how to use apostrophes proper like. You'd know all about mental hospitals though eh?

Who's Bryan?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Judge, you are a boring pest. Why don't you just piss off?

Judge Holden said...

You don't have to engage old guy. Stick to what you're good at; making wildly inaccurate predictions, mildly racist slurs and abusing people who point out your vast array of inadequacies.

Anonymous said...

The best part of Judge ran down his mother's leg and got mopped up by the orderly.

Mort said...

says the one who never contributes a thought/argument/theory, but is forthcoming in a torrent of personal derisive remarks constantly... consistency to the Leftist play-book of play the man instead of the ball, ignore the arguments because giving a hand up is always better than a hand out.
The Left simply don't have an answer to intergenerational welfarism and the detrimental effects it has on society... they simply want more of the same, because that allows more trough dwellers to bleed the evil righties dry