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Why I've changed my mind about entering local body politics

Posted by Philip on 13 November 2017, 6:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

People have been telling me for 20 years I should be in politics. For 20 years I've recoiled in horror, saying I wouldn't be seen dead in politics — in fact, I remember saying at a comedy gig once to shoot me if I did.

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I was just joking.

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The employment paradox

Posted by Philip on 7 August 2015, 4:37 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I attended a workshop on accessible employment recently and was reminded, as I've written about before, what a fraught topic employment is these days — for anyone, let alone those with access needs.

As welfare states come crashing down around the (western) world, the demand for employment and requirement to be employed increase. New Zealand's welfare lexicon has changed from "beneficiary" to the default "jobseeker".

Meanwhile industry and technology improves, meaning more machines, computers and robots do more and more jobs for us. I mean, that has been the whole idea of industrial and technological revolutions, hasn't it? To decrease the need for humans to do stuff.

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The strange death of a stranger

Posted by Philip on 24 February 2014, 3:59 pm in , , , , ,

It's always something of a shock when well-known strangers like Charlotte Dawson kill themselves. I felt the same when Greg King suicided in November 2012.

They feel familiar and yet they're not. You feel sad but there's no relationship to mourn. Life goes on with nothing missing.

Perhaps there's even a subconscious, yet obviously false, belief that someone so well-known would have something to live for. Everything even.

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What effect is our fear of missing out having on tolerance, acceptance and generosity?

Posted by Philip on 25 October 2013, 11:30 am in , , , , , , ,

I've been reflecting on a situation a few months back where, accidentally, I got into the wrong lane to go straight ahead at a multi-road intersection. Despite indicating to move into the correct lane, no-one stopped to let me in. I had to turn right and then find a place to turn around and double back.

At a similar time, Campbell Live did a story on people pushing in to turn onto the motorway at Gillies Ave. Police were targeting and ticketing motorists for this "offence".

Add to that the fact that, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, people were caught renting disabled people in order to avoid two hour queues. Mind you, if looks could kill, when I went to Disneyland in 1992 and we were told by staff to jump the line of long-time queuers, I'd have been dead very quickly. It was pretty awkward.

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When service goes bad

Posted by Philip on 8 February 2012, 8:12 am in , , ,

Last year I wrote extensively about the situation with my neighbour who was harassing me. After a Tenancy Tribunal hearing Housing NZ finally agreed to relocate him. However the process was appalling –nobody communicated with me and the move took a week longer than I was told – so on 27 December I wrote to the CEO:

I would like to thank you sincerely for your prompt response to my email of 20 December regarding the situation with my neighbour. I do appreciate your understanding of the circumstances.

Unfortunately, however, I need to relay my concerns and dissatisfaction with the manner in which the relocation has been managed and I wish to make a formal complaint. I would also like to formally request a meeting with you, at your nearest convenience, to discuss the future implications of the handling of the matter.

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