Who’s next?

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, November 25th, 2009 - 13 comments
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I was watching that vid by the Greens on ACC and bikoi. What caught my attention was the bikers’ chant: “who’s next, who’s next?”

The Right loves to atomise us – make us think of ourselves only as individuals or narrow interest groups. Our reaction to the bikers getting hammered with these unecessary ACC hikes is meant to be ‘screw ’em, as long as I’m OK’ and their response is meant to be ‘nah, make someone else pay’.

We were meant to display the same short-sighted, self-centred nasty greed that we’ve seen from big business over the ETS – ‘make someone else pay for my cows’ methane emissions’, ‘make someone else pay for the carbon released if I cut down my trees’. It means that every polluter gets a special treatment, and the taxpayer gets left with the bill.

As atomised individuals, we’re easy to divide and rule. First, they come for the people needing phsyiotherapy and everyone else turns a blind eye because they’re OK. Then the bikers and everyone’s menat to turn a blind eye because they’re not bikers. And then … who’s next?

That’s what I loved about that chant. On the first level, the bikers are saying that they’re not only standing up for themselves, they’re standing up for keeping ACC complete and affordable for everyone. On the second level, they’re reminding non-bikers that it may be the bikers getting hammered today but tomorrow it could be them.

It’s a call for solidarity- a rejection of atomisation. So, I ask you, if you stand by while the bikers get screwed over or people taking night courses get screwed over, or the unemployed get screwed over… – who’s next?

Will it be you? And who will stand with you then if you won’t stand with others now?

13 comments on “Who’s next?”

  1. Haters and wreckers?

    Rich pricks?

    Funny how the rules of engagement change when you’re in opposition.

    Labour has equally targetted groups and if any thing Key’s signature (apart from being relaxed) is his willingness to work with different groups.

    And as for protecting the Moroccan cooking night classes, you won’t win an election if you think that’s a call to solidarity for the masses.

    PS I think I read the post fully this time!

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 1.1

      Nice point. We really need to get away from the us versus them mentality.

      Maybe Nick Smith this taken this to heart. His ETS legislation is going to screw over ALL our kids environmentally and economically. No favouritism there.

    • Tigger 1.2

      So when did Labour increase ACC levies for ‘haters and wreckers’ (that a job?) or ‘rich pricks’?

      And how does the increse to biker levies indicate Key’s ‘willingness to work with others’?

      • Daveski 1.2.1

        You’re assuming that there is validity in the claim that bikers are being targeted – I think it would be reasonable to assume from an insurance pov bikers do carry more risk.

        It’s all perspective anyway. Labour deliberately targetted those earning over $60K then allowed fiscal creep to run away with their own justification.

        Labour could justify it, as National can in terms of bikes.

        However, I think Marty’s back the wrong horse here to assume National is the only govt that will look at the political merits of its policies by interest groups.

        A question to marty – does solidarity mean standing up for a group when *they* believe they are being screwed eg beating kids. It’s the same principle – you’re just adding your value judgements as all political parties do.

  2. zelda 2

    Carbon released when I cut down my trees ?
    How does that happen?

    Dont you mean the carbon NOT absorbed when I cut down my trees AND I dont plant new ones which because they are growing rapidly absorb more carbon

    • kaplan 2.1

      It depends on what you are going to do with the tree after it is cut down. If it rots it will release carbon slowly, if it is heat processed, including kiln drying or conversion to particle board, it will release some of it’s carbon immediately, if it is burned it will release practically all of it’s carbon very rapidly. In any case at some point, the carbon will be released unless you encase it in some kind of protective shell and keep it as a rather large ornament.

    • snoozer 2.2

      Currently in international law a tree’s stored carbon is considered released when cut down. So, if you deforest, you owe carbon credits (obviously, if you replant the carbon emission is balanced by new carbon sequestration).

      NZ is pretty keen to get a change to this to recognise that some carbon stays embedded in wood products for a long time. But, eventually, everything rots.

      • zelda 2.2.1

        So a treaty says released ‘immediately’. Thats nice .

        That doesnt sound very scientific.

        And even if kiln dried ‘some’ of the carbon is released. Really

        So by international treaty definition cutting down a plantation forest is the same as the burning of tropical forest.
        Doesnt sound like the lawyers bother with any science

        • snoozer

          No zelda. If you replant your plantation forest, it’s not the same as burning it down because the new trees will offset the carbon released from the old ones.

          It’s the change in land use that attracts the carbon cost. This all comes under the part of Kyoto known as Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

          As Kaplan and I have both tried to explain to you in simple terms, eventually the carbon from any felled tree is released – when is just a timing issue (and NZ is trying to get recognition of it in the new treaty) – so unless you plant new trees in the place of those you have felled, you are contributing to climate change.

          • zelda

            I said a treaty, counts them as the same!!
            Thats why you want it changed Right.

            Spare me the patronising simple terms.
            In my very first post I said that re- planting the trees was required. Is too simple for you?

            • snoozer

              no in your first post, you were confused because you thought that there’s no release of carbon from clearing a forest and not replanting it. You thought the only loss was not absorbing more carbon.

              “Dont you mean the carbon NOT absorbed when I cut down my trees AND I dont plant new ones which because they are growing rapidly absorb more carbon”


              so marty is right. Iwi are asking us to cover the cost in carbon credits of them cutting down their trees.

          • Draco T Bastard

            eventually the carbon from any felled tree is released when is just a timing issue (and NZ is trying to get recognition of it in the new treaty)

            Which would be almost impossible to determine which is why the timing isn’t in the treaty.

  3. SHG 3

    Wow. A post, on the Standard, from Marty G, advocating for a flat tax rate.

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