…Instead of complaining about the cost of the buy-out, you should be complaining about the WHY of the buy-out, WHY the trial was shut down, and WHO was going to get exposed if the trial were to proceed.
Carping about only the 6 million and what a cretin Basi is – that’s spin doctor talk, meant to pretend that the public only wants that paltry bit of loot, and that they believe it’s all Basi’s fault. If you’re really a concerned citizen, you should show up at the courthouse on Tuesday to try to prevent the return of evidence to the Crown, who have shown their complete ineptitude and dishonesty throughout the case, so that it can be kept for a public inquiry which will fully expose all the criminals of much greater stature, and much greater cost to the public treasury than a mere six million dollars.
Skookum1 is indisputably correct but most citizens resist examination of situations involving bewildering intricacy. BC Liberal perpetrators understand that complication, subterfuge, duplicity and secrecy are prime tools to enable nefarious outcomes. These instruments are used repeatedly by Gordon Campbell and leaders elsewhere to shift public assets into private hands. It allows rapid enrichment of a favored few.
Perhaps the most egregious example anywhere is in Mexico where the world’s current richest man, Carlos Slim, prospered amid the ugly poverty of one of the Western Hemisphere’s poorer states. According to Forbes Magazine, Slim is a rapacious monopolist who built his empire on cozy ties to Mexican presidents and other politicians.
Usually, a political scandal finds a place in the mainstream media if it can be summarized in 25 words or less. So it is that the BC Rail sale and multifarious electricity purchase agreements were realized with little scrutiny. The MSM ignores privatization frauds, partly because publishers agree philosophically with eliminating public sector activities, but also because the scenarios are difficult to explain to already ill-informed readers.
A Globe and Mail reporter, asked why the MSM never reported on extraordinary conflicts of the Basi/Virk Special Prosecutor, replied, “Well the story never gained traction so we didn’t report it.”
Readers are left to wonder how a story “gains traction” if it is never reported.
Broadcasters and publishers prefer to show us bald Britney Spears mounting an umbrella attack on scumbag paparazzi. Easy to understand and easy to ridicule. Perfect to make us feel hard-nosed and superior to someone, somewhere. Better yet, this insignificant mush takes the place of boring news of economic crimes.