Editor’s note: the following was first published in the Nov. 22, 2013 print edition of The Telegram.
There have been so many positive comments on Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union and our fisheries involvement in it — by the premier, government ministers and large fish merchants like Bill Barry and Martin Sullivan — that contrary comments and efforts of inquiry into the truth are overpowered or lost. Is this the way our country and province works, where examination of government activity and policy making, the assessment of facts and their future consequences on our people, are denied to those same people whose future lives are affected by it?
Imagine the stupidity of governments and policymakers who, once they have made their policy, have every thought and comment thereafter agree totally with their imagined outcome of that policy. Every bit of logic and reason, no matter how wrong or ridiculous it is, is positively directed to the solution that policy professes! You don’t believe me? Here’s the proof.
If the government decides the answer to, or solution to, Policy 94 is 94, then that’s it. It’s 94 forever more. They will add any combination of numbers and it will come out to be 94. Here’s how they do it. Eight added to 88 is 94, 50 added to two is 94, or 10 added to 10 added to 106 is still 94.
In case you are checking my numbers to see how correct they are, don’t fret too much over it because you haven’t seen other added sums of the government — witness this “piece of work” by the government — two plus two is 94, zero plus zero is 94, and -1 added to +1 is still 94.
Don’t bother asking where I got this from, or how good I am at checking government figures because that has nothing to do with it. All you need to know is this is a government fact. That’s how they work. Perhaps some are offended by the word “stupid,” which I used to describe this government, or wonder what I’m trying to convey.
Well, if you have paid attention to what I have said on how governments carry out fisheries policy, you will see then that perhaps a better word to describe it is ignorance.
— Phil Earle writes from Carbonear