The bulk of this item was written in 2010 and it was moved to the top a year later. I’ve done a little editing to recognize the political environment of 2014 but not much has changed, in the article and in BC politics. Indeed, the winners kept winning and most of our fellow citizens barely noticed. – Dec 2014
I quoted from a Lewis Carroll poem The Walrus and the Carpenter in a comment thread at the Vancouver Observer. My obvious suggestion was that Tzeporah Berman had been like oysters that naively went for a stroll on the beach to be consumed by their ushers, the walrus and the carpenter. It will not surprise regular readers that I think Lewis Carroll gave us important words. Here is a rerun from a year ago that provides more of the poem, with polemics added by me. – May 2011
Premier Gordon Campbell, his back room puppet masters, greedy co-conspirators and BC Liberal Party members are devoid of honour. Campbell, head of this west coast crime family, long ago lost his integrity and moral compass. His aim has been to simplify conversion of public assets to private control, for private benefits.
Soulless self-dealing manipulators, operating in the shadows, hold Liberals in place to achieve goals of personal enrichment. In the past few years, appetites have grown because they learned that restraint is no longer necessary. With hundreds of misinformation officers on the public payroll and a servile media close at hand, new realities – even false ones – are achievable.
We see the rewards, taken in the form of padded contracts, consultancies, extravagant salaries and supplementary pensions, directors’ and meeting fees, unquestioned expense payments, sports event tickets, travel junkets, severance payments, etc. The always understood quid pro quo is silence, loyalty and kickbacks to the party.
What better example than the BC Rail insiders, executives and directors scooping millions while conducting less business than a neighbourhood Canadian Tire manager. Despite the costly executive, Liberal insider Patrick Kinsella also dipped his substantial wick into the easy takings.
The received wealth of those people granted privileges by senior Liberals is by private influence peddling. Individuals with ordinary skills – except for ability to operate in shadowy corridors of government – draw incomes that would leave ordinary citizens gasping, if fully revealed.
The enablers of the Liberal crime family are backbench MLAs, some once honourable folk who aimed to serve the community for good. Now, they are fleshy fungi, kept in the dark, fed an individually designed diet of composted droppings, hopeful their heads will one-day poke above the putrid layers.
Worst of all are the seasoned professional pundits, claiming to report objectively as servants of the public, but in reality, little more than water carriers, supporting the party line, aiming to share comforts of the ruling class. Vaughn Palmer issued a typical example in his September 16 column, HST was ‘game changer’ in plan to reduce deficit.
This fits right in to the new Liberal strategy. First, they said this “revenue neutral tax change” was “the single best thing we can do to stimulate the economy.” That did not fly when their shill economists were discredited and the real story was revealed from the government’s own studies.
The truth was that consumers were to face five years of higher costs without offset. Therefore, the Liberal spin machine designed a new strategy. The ever loyal Bill Good and then a broadcaster Christie Clark ran with this for weeks. We needed HST to avoid cuts to social programs; no alternatives existed. This story stumbled a bit because a tax described as revenue neutral could hardly ensure continuation of government programs.
The latest claim rolled out is the need to reduce deficits because those unfair impositions force future generations to pay for our current benefits. Inarguable, supposedly. However, the claimants feel zero remorse for loading future citizens with tens of billions in contractual commitments for high priced private power ($60B in 2014). For electricity, Liberals gave all the profit upsides to private producers and all the economic downsides to taxpayers and tomorrow’s power consumers.
Vaughn Palmer has been beavering away for the Liberals these past weeks. He’s a crafty old pro who sells only a part of his soul, unlike many media colleagues, Bill Good for example, wanders only between government apologist and government cheerleader. Palmer leads one story with a pre-election memo written by Campbell’s agent at the Finance Ministry, Graham Whitmarsh. The story reinforced is that HST was not on the Liberal radar, but it might be later if conditions dictated the move. Sure enough, days after the election, the conditions existed. According to Palmer, a “pissed-off” Premier demanded options to meet the promised $495 million deficit, a figure they already knew to be impossible. Two days later, a deal with Ottawa was set, including a $1.6 billion federal transition payment.
Palmer is no fool. He knows how slowly negotiations grind between governments and that underlings do not make major policy commitments without directions from superiors. If appointed functionaries were allowed that option, political masters would have abdicated traditional responsibilities. No, Palmer knows the real story; he simply will not report it. That is not in the BC Business Party’s interest.
Does anyone else find it strange that Liberals gave Palmer the Whitmarsh memo but did not include it in any of the FOI responses to which it should have belonged, if it were real? No, this is simply crass news management by a dishonourable government aided by a helpful commentator.
Diogenes, for the uninitiated, was a Greek philosopher born in the late 5th Century, BC. An influential member of a school of philosophy known as the Cynics, Diogenes believed in living a simple life of virtue in harmony with nature. The image of Diogenes most familiar to the modern world is that of a man walking through city streets in broad daylight and carrying a lantern in search of an honest man. Reports of Diogenes’ search efforts indicate that he did not find that which he was seeking.
I had opportunity to listen to Friday’s Dull Edge from the Ledge on CKNW. Wow. Online political and media critics are no longer merely nincompoops. Now we are akin to anonymous child pornographers and conveyors of malicious libel.
The elitist triplets do not like to be held to account for their wobbles, fearfulness and shaded truth. Bill Good is consistent. After complaining about critical internet voices, he introduces featured and favourite caller Sam. Good old reliable Sam. No embarrassing discussion of media failures from him. Why would there be? He has his own ticket to the front of the parade.