Fuel Price Gouging

I am appalled at the gall of the AA petrol watch spokes person.

Recently I quit my AA (Automobile Association) membership after almost 25 years as a member because they are a gutless organization that has long since forgotten what their mandate was.

You would think they would be standing up for the NZ motorist.  Instead they are more interested in becoming a tour guide.

Now they are “speaking out” against the rising cost of fuel, and suggesting the Government should remove G.S.T (Goods and Services Tax) on fuel.  Given that it is a tax on a tax as 40% of the cost of fuel is already tax.

Where have they been since G.S.T. was introduced in 1986?

But what really ticks me off is the fact the A.A. rewards program is associated with the B.P. fuel company.   Why should that annoy me you ask?  Because B.P. is the fuel company that is invariable the leader in any price hikes.

This latest price hike saw B.P. raise the price of standard fuel by 10 cents before any of the other companies.  Not only that, they were forced to reduce their price when the other companies remained several cents lower.

If the A.A were really interested in the welfare of the NZ motorist maybe they should look at cleaning up their own house.

On the bright side it sounds like those in charge of the Hollywood trademark are going to block our local “Wellywood” sign.  It seems that the general public here also thinks it is “Tackywood” and only our officials and celebrities are delighted by the concept.

Who Are These People?

And What Are They Smoking?

Why is that ever since Watergate we can not have a political scandal that isn’t a “gate” ?

Here are a few examples:

  • Wheatgate
  • Wardrobegate
  • Tunagate
  • Troopergate 1
  • Troopergate 2 (again?)
  • Troopergate 3  (even)
  • Tigergate   (of course)
  • Camillagate (even the Royals get the gate)
  • Paintergate (one of our own Down Under)

For a more comprehensive list visit Wikipedia There are dozens of cases.

And how about Hollywood.  Has that ever been knocked off before?

The most famous Hollywood knock-off is obviously Bollywood, the Indian film industry.  The cutest is perhaps Dollywood, the wonderful world of Dolly Parton.

The most recent is the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, in a bid to honour the recent successes of our film industry – particularly the creative graphics works – some bright cookie has decided to erect a Wellywood sign.

I don’t know about you, but for me, one knock off might be cute / clever but after that it has been done.  What do you call a cliché that is over-done?  I call it tacky.

I am sure our creative genius could be better celebrated than some cheap and tacky knock-off of the Hollywood name.

Of course, it is entirely possible that I am wrong.  And no doubt every scandal this century will also be a “gate.”   Everyone celebrating film success will be a “wood.”  And we all be John Smith.

So much for creativity.