Re: tagging for an office of the local representative to parliament
Government has a legal monopoly on coercion, ranging from the
death penalty to collection of taxes and enforcement of the
barking dog ordinance in Fairfax County, Virginia. Contractors
do a lot of government work (in the United States, contractors
outnumber direct-hire government employees by a ratio of 2.5:1)
but their firms are or should be tagged office=company while the
government offices where they may perform their duties should be
I supervised a computer
shop for two years. One-third of my subordinates were
direct-hire government employees. Two-thirds worked for a
private company with a government contract. They shared offices
and were virtually interchangeable. The corporate headquarters
was separate, and in my mind would have been tagged
office=company. My government office building (the South
Agriculture Building, largest government office building in the
District of Columbia at the time) would have been tagged
office=ministry since USDA is a Cabinet department=ministry.
The bus company in
Ashgabat is state-owned. I have tagged its depot as a bus
depot, not as a government office. Function to me also plays a
On 11/4/2018 8:42 PM, Colin Smale
The activity of a prison is on behalf of a government, pursuant
to a statutory duty of the government to administer justice.
That its operation is outsourced to a private company doesn't
change that fact. You can't just start your own prison - it is a
Public transport may be a state monopoly, but sometimes it
isn't. In the middle you have state regulation, which is the
status in much of the UK. Anyone can start a bus company, but
you need to register the route at least. (I think it might be a
bit more complicated than that...) Providing free transport,
well, I suppose anyone can make it free if they want, but the
money has to come from somewhere...
it is a budget-dependent company/corporation, such as
the Commodity Credit Corporation of the U.S. government,
which generates no revenue of its own and relies wholly
on appropriations from the U.S. Congress, yes, it should
be tagged government. As Deep Throat said, "Follow the
I find this difficult, because it implies we define what is
original government duty and what is not. Providing beer is
apparently not a government job (any more?), providing
healthcare might be (?), what about transportation? Is free
public transportation a government duty? They surely wouldn't
generate (at least direct) profits, and if the service isn't
free it could still be financed by the government and not be
profitable. Similarly the providing of energy, water, the
treatment of waste. Europeans tend to see prisons as
government sites, in the US prisons are often private.
Although the European Parliament has legislative power that the Council
and Commission do not possess, it does not formally possess legislative initiative, as most national parliaments of European Union member states do.
And then you can go down a twisty maze of Wikipedia articles to conclude that, as parliaments go,
the European Parliament is very limited in its powers but the bureaucracy is not. Still, it counts
as elected representation for the purposes of the proposal.
BTW, I'm not going to insist you refrain from inferring my politics by what I wrote, merely point
out that you inferred incorrectly. And that by mentioning it at all, you perpetuated this side-issue.
I assume you're thinking of elected representatives.
Because they're usually the ones to make
legislation and therefore the ones to complain to when
you have grievances you want the
government to redress. But they're not the only ones.
As the subject title says " tagging for an office of the local
representative to parliament"?
Note different places may use different words to describe their
'parliament' and/or 'local representative' .... lets not debate
that, I have no interest in it.
What is your preference ?
Nothing in taginfo over 1 use that is suitable.
As the subject title says " tagging for an office of the
local representative to parliament"?
Note different places may use different words to describe
their 'parliament' and/or 'local representative'
Maybe change the title a little bit: "office of an
To be honest, I'm not overly excited by either of them,
but maybe the same thing could work?
I don't think all of them are elected ... House of Lords GB springs
to mind. Possibly they don't have offices anyway :)
Elected official look to refer to the person, rather then a place to
go to contact them.
I'm not that happy with either of them .. but have not though of
Politician for me is slightly in front of constituency as it is in
more common use so might be better understood/translated in other
> On Nov 7, 2018, at 4:44 AM, Warin <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I think I have firmed up on
> with either
> I'll start a proposal page .. I'd like a vote on which one, or if there are any other ideas for a government= something else.
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