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Hazardous election posters

The canvassing for the local and European elections are well and truly underway. At the weekend, politicians worker bees were out in force, feverishly looking for the best vantage spot to shove the big ugly pictures of politicians on any vertically standing object.

Let’s face it, when was the last politician you saw on a poster that was easy on the eye? Yeah, I can’t think of one either.

So in the past it did annoy to see some ugly mush looking at me at every junction I passed on my daily commute. But I’ve seen enough campaigns now and have become completely immune to these eyesores.

That was of course until this campaign…

Do the people that hang or attach these posters actually think about what they are doing?

The number of posters I’ve seen so far that have been hung in extremely hazardous places such as those that sit above speed limits and other road signs, which obviously start to fall over them and obstruct the view has increased to ridiculous proportions.

Let me give you one example, there’s a really busy roundabout in my local area, attempting to get onto it is like playing Russian roulette with your life. That was of course before these really intelligent election poster hangers, decided to block your right side view with one of these “ugly people” posters. Now drivers are forced to edge their way into oncoming traffic in order to see around these unwanted posters.

It might seem very fickle and naive, but this time round I’ve decided that any politician who posts their poster in a hazardous location will mean an instant “no vote” from me!

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National Car Testing Service (NCT) closed for now…

Is it just me or is this country getting more ridiculous by the day??

I hate bringing up old stories, but in a country with a competent government we surely wouldn’t be making the same mistakes more than once, would we??? You just have to look at the new learner driver laws that were introduced last year and how the government had to make a U-Turn because of a stupid decision. You could say the exact same thing about the budget.

The latest announcement that from the 1st of May 2009, anyone driving a car without a NCT cert will automatically be given a court summons and on conviction could receive 5 penalty points. They announced this on the 14th of April 2009.

Now, my car is due for a NCT test this month. Two years ago, in my local NCT centre, there was a waiting list of 2 months to be tested… Only the other day I spoke to someone else that was waiting over 3 months to get a test date.

Today, I went to book my test online at www.ncts.ie – How Irish is this, not only is the site not functioning, but it also has a rather ridiculous message:

Due to the recent announcement, NCTS are currently experiencing an unprecedented demand in the number of people requesting a booking. Please be aware that our Call Centre is fully operational however, you may experience problems getting through to us and this is purely down to the volume of people trying to contact us, we do ask that you bear with us on this and that you keep trying.

For booking information please phone 1890 412 413 or e-mail us on bookings@ncts.ie

NCTS do endeavour to contact as many car owners as possible and from the 1st January this year we have sent over 247,000 notifications regarding their NCT however, it should be noted that in some instances such as, change of ownership of the vehicle, if the vehicle is off the road or if the vehicle is out of tax that can affect whether a letter is issued for that vehicle.  Therefore, we would encourage customers who have not heard from the NCT but feel their car is eligible for the NCT to contact us directly and we will arrange an NCT for them.

I tried calling the number they give on the website, after 30 mins of trying, I can’t get through.

Nevermind the fact that I never once received a notification that my car was due for a test, which I think should be the responsiblity of the body to remind us, I’ve got two weeks to book a test when the site is down and no-one is answering the calls.

So it’s up to me to spend 2 weeks now on the phone waiting and hoping that I get through and be able to book a suitable slot to be tested.

Incompetence isn’t the word for this. How can a body that is in charge of keeping our roads safe, dish out new penalty points when they don’t even ask the NCTS if they can handle what was obviously going to be an upsurge in bookings. I was also keen in keeping my car safe and I had to get locks from LocksmithOfLouisiana.com to make sure my car locks were secure.

Have they not even seen the newspapers for the last few months where people aren’t buying new cars anymore, did they not stop to think that there will be more people than ever looking to get their cars NCT’d?????

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Fianna Fail website developed abroad (again)? While we should do our patriotic duty!

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“Fianna Fail confusing leadership with unpopularity” were the words of Independent TD Joe Behan and I think he hit the nail on the head. The government, that we elected it must be added, show their leadership by being so hypocritical and not taking their own advice on board. When we complain, the say it’s because they have to make hard choices that makes the unpopular. Well I’m sorry it’s not as simple as that.

A true leader treats everyone equally, makes tough decisions and leads by the example they are trying to set. Yet, while the government question our Patriotism while we search for a better deal by shopping up North, they do the complete opposite. I mentioned one example  few weeks ago – but now, if I am reading this correctly, it looks like they are still shopping abroad for a better deal.

Taken straight from Cllr Damien Blake’s website :

“I’ve been working with Fianna Fáil and Blue State Digital on a new website and a new web strategy for the party.”

Blue State Digital are the company that helped create the web campaign for Barrack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Right, I’m an online marketer, so I can see how well the Obama capaign went and would love to see an Irish Political Party use the web so proactively. BUT we have plenty of talent in this country and I could easily name a handful of people that could have done a much better job with their website.

Arrrrggghhh they annoy me so much with their hypocrisy. Why are we unpatriotic when they are not?

Anyway, there are other more intesting discussions if you read the comments on Damien Blake’s blog….

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As Gaeilge less important than Polski on the new Fianna Fail website

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I’m hoping it’s just a technical glitch – but at the moment the new Fianna Fail website caters for it’s Polish audience with a large “Polski” button (bigger than the As Gaeilge one) and even has a page translated in Polish. Yet…. our Government seems to think that “As Gaeilge” isn’t as important at the moment… tut tut tut.

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Our Hypocritical Government Shops Abroad

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As the recession deepens and our government continues to peddle the “don’t shop up North, it’s unpatriotic” message, it seems are government is doing the exact opposite.

I just happened to take a look at the eTender notices I receive by email this morning and there was one web project that I completely overlooked (but that’s neither here nor there). It had been awarded and no, not to an Irish company.

The job was awarded to a UK company based in London. http://www.etenders.gov.ie/search/show/Search_View.aspx?id=JAN112980&ln=EN

I’m sure this isn’t the only public tender contract that has been awarded to companies outside Ireland. You’d think the Government in times like this would give the job to Irish companies even if we are slightly overpriced. The money then is being pumped into our economy and not someone else’s.

The hypocrisy of it all!

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