Toronto Star

Maybe Huxley’s dystopia is already here


Re Liberals to repay $10,000 spent to wipe hard drives, Dec. 24

Kudos to the opposition parties for keeping up the pressure and finally shaming the Wynne Liberals into reimbursin­g taxpayers $10,000 allegedly used to have computers erased. Unfortunat­ely, we may never discover what actually went on when a billion of our tax dollars were used for purely political reasons in the moving of two gas plants to win support from certain voters.

When she gained a majority, one of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s first moves was disbanding the legislativ­e panel trying to get to the bottom of the gas plant fiasco. Her next move was to interview those suspected of erasing computer hard drives.

We can only now hope the OPP’s investigat­ion will out the facts. There was too much money wasted for this simply to be swept under the carpet, as seems to be Wynne’s preference.

Larry Comeau, Ottawa

More government mismanagem­ent, ineptitude, and downright self-cen-

tredness. Our elected officials are failing us at an ever-increasing pace. They are more politician­s than leaders. For them, it is more about being elected, being re-elected and taking whatever they can from the experience than providing the populace with leadership.

The ministers elected to serve our best interests are more focused on “damage control,” catering to the small percentage of elites who make their stations possible (and other trivial pursuits), than leading the province to solve issues that impact our quality of life and to make our grandkids’ future brighter.

This situation will continue as long as we, the voting public, let it. One gets the impression that only the press has any voice in these matters.

Aldous Huxley, in Brave New World, hit the nail on the head: “A really efficient totalitari­an state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” We have arrived.

Ron Whitelock, Oakville

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