…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
It is astonishing that a minister of the government, i.e. a person who gets elected by the people and is, at least in theory, supposed to represent them, gets astonished by pizza parlour regulations. What planet does he live on? Certainly not on our earth, not in our Australia.
“I took my kids to a little park up the road and there’s a pizza shop there and we met up with another family … [there were] two tables outside [with] three chairs on one table, four on the other,” Mr Hockey said.
“I went to put the two tables together and the owner of the pizza shop came out and said ‘I’m sorry Mr Hockey you’re not allowed to do that, the council regulation prevents you putting the two tables together‘.”
“There were eight of us, so I went inside to get another chair and they said ‘Sorry Mr Hockey, they’ve said you can only have seven chairs [outside], not eight’.”
Mr Hockey said that’s when he “exploded.”
“I actually tracked down the mayor, it was 6 o’clock on a Friday night, and I think the whole suburb heard the conversation,” he said.
Well, an ordinary citizen would be by now before the Anti-discrimination and Offended Feelings commissars. But Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi as the benighted inhabitants of this formerly free country learn daily. Those not of the ruling class do not shout at Lord Mayors, not even Lord Minors, such as clerks at the government agencies.
Joseph Benedict Hockey (nothing to do with any sport; his father’s surname was Hokeidonian) was born 49 years ago, and as expected from a politician, has not done a single day of honest work in his life. A short stint as a banking and finance lawyer in one of the largest Australian firms ( Number 7 by revenue in 2012), then the Director of Policy to the Premier of NSW, and in the mature age of 31 off to the Federal Parliament via a safe Liberal seat.
The former Minister for Human Services, former Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and now the Treasurer cannot be expected to know anything about the stifling effect the government regulations, including his, ostensibly pro-business government, have on the Australian economy. LibNats talk Ayn Rand talk and do Kim Jong Un walk. They do not build anything.
At the time this pizza tables horror was so offending our brave Treasurer, I happened to be reading the British, 100% politically correct, and thankfully only 95% Left, magazine called History Today – December 2013. (Yeah, I know what you want to say; don’t say it) A certain Mary Sparks wrote there a paean on Fräulein Milena Mrazovic, though to her credit, she included as the preamble a comment by Lothar Berks, government commissioner for Sarajevo in 1894: “It is simply beneath the dignity of the Government to have to reckon with such an unbearable, quarrelsome, scheming woman, who is under the influence of hideous delusions and is usually in a more or less hysterical condition, regarding the manifold, sometimes crucial, questions involved in important matters of state.”
The story gets more interesting, and despite the endorsement by Herr Berks, she was no feminist. Had Mrazovic lived today, the feminists would smear her as they smear all women who achieve something by their ability, without the now common victim-hood crutches. Since she is safely dead, she is forgiven.
Amongst other things, the enterprising Ms Mrazovic wished to build an apartment block in the centre of the city (there was a great fire in Sarajevo in 1879). Her plans, “submitted in December 1893, fell foul of the building inspector on structural grounds and because she had not allowed for sufficient light and heat in the servants’ rooms.” … “The building was finally finished in September 1894, taking nine months.”
Nine months! Nine months in the supposedly fossilised, bureaucratic Austria-Hungarian Empire, and in the recently occupied Bosnia on the top of that. Today, in Joe Hockey’s Australia, it would take that long just to find the appropriate application forms.
Joe is not the builder, far from it (or on the contrary?). The LibNats’ government is lying about the planned deregulation. Independent citizenry is definitely not in their interest.
Eighth chair, anyone?