Ultimately, what I'm saying is that being a web developer is not all about freedom, many concessions need to be made. I'd love the freedom to say f* IE. Forever.
We know there are better ways of doing things. But when it comes to the web, we have no choice to wait until it as a unified whole catches up.
Errr... to quote: "So it's not likely I could just step-in and make sweeping reforms".