Cycling in Sydney Australia
Since the more I work on advocacy the more I realize not getting our entitlement to safety, policing and infrastructure generally comes down to snouts-in-trough type corruption and misgovernment...
May yield educational assistance for those of us seeking to make changes for cycling.
Additionally we could use this discussion to talk about governance and audit checks we might try to conduct. Mostly it's about prevention, detection and prosecution are leaving it a bit late.
So we might develop an understanding of how honesty is assured in government, and what enquiries (and where) might be possible so that we can gain some assurance based upon measurement.
I agree with your premise, that many governance related problems stem from some sort of corruption, both the under the table variety or the systematic variety.
I'm completely at a loss of how to get it out of governments in a country where it is deemed acceptable just to legalise it.
How do you fight against a system which see's nothing wrong with selling public parks to developers? I couldn't buy it, even for 3 times the price the developer paid for it, why can a developer? And now there are houses, roads and fences, we can no longer have picnics there :(
Or, if it doesn't like a High Court decision vis-a-vis (to pick the most recent example) refugee determination, simply changes the law.
Whatever your position on refugees, this is a deeply disturbing precedent: 'we don't like the rules of this game, as determined by an external umpire, therefore we'll just override the umpire, because it suits us and *because we can*'.
Doesn't look so good, I'd have thought, if you are currently manoeuvring for a seat on the UN Security Council (rule of law, hello?)...
Yes, yes, not actually about bikes, I know. :-)