Fulsome praise indeed
In a recent letter and outpouring of adulation for Premier Kathy Dunderdale, Finance Minister Tom Marshall excelled himself.
The fulsomeness of his praises would put North Korea’s minister of propaganda to shame. The Dear Leader himself would have blushed if he’d heard such flattering phrases directed at his person.
But really — “principles and values?” Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun had principles and values too: they just weren’t the principles and values most of us would appreciate in today’s society.
As suggested by the sign in English in the lobby of a European hotel, inviting patrons to “Please leave your values at the front desk,” it seems as though our premier has done just that.
“Social justice”? Where does that virtue enter into the recent gutting of Adult Basic Education programs — one of the few means available for people to lift themselves out of the poverty trap?
“Fairness”? Where does “fairness” figure in Bill 29, our notorious secrecy bill, or in the neutering of the Public Utilities Board, or in Nalcor’s monopoly over the sale of electricity in this province? “Fiscal responsibility?” Oh yes, we see a shining example of “fiscal responsibility” in the Muskrat Falls project — a multi-billion dollar jackpot for the puppet-masters of our fawning Progressive Conservative government, but a financial disaster in perpetuity for most of the citizens of this province.
Despite our obvious national differences, it seems as though our provincial government has quite a lot in common with its North Korean counterpart.
In both instances, we see members of the inner circle indulging in flat-out flattery and shameless sycophancy in a desperate competition to see who can please their leader the most and who is the last to stop applauding whatever the leader says in the House.
And finally, both governments rely on a heavy veil of secrecy to hide their doings from the general public. Do we have the makings of our own Dear Leader? Are we about to go nuclear? Will “political re-education” camps be next?