25 July 2006

The Rule of Opposites, AG style

Regular readers of the e-scribbles will know the Rule of Opposites.

Richard Nixon says: "I am not a crook." Brian Tobin says you can't make up public policy on the fly right after he announces a major policy initiative he pulled out of some unmentionable bodily orifice even cops hate to search for illicit stuff. Toronto insists it is a world-class city.

It's the stuff where the real meaning lies in the opposite of what's being said.

Consider Auditor General John Noseworthy's latest newser. Think of the number of times he insisted that he was not being influenced by anyone, that his audit was his own work, that he had all the resources to do a proper job and that he would call it like he saw it.

Then consider that in this latest scandal Noseworthy has spouted talking points that were remarkably similar to the ones being spouted by the Premier's office and its legion of organized supporters.

Consider the number of times Noseworthy has made some bold statements only to admit later that he didn't have much to base it on.

And consider that he is headed back to re-do work he supposedly already finished and insists it will take him months to do it.

Consider too that he used the words "invited" to do his recent audit and that he answers to no one, even though, as the law clearly states he was ordered back to do this very audit by the cabinet.

John Noseworthy joins an impressive list of people who live by the Rule of Opposites.

He forgets of course, that if he has to tell us what he is, odds are he isn't anything of the sort.

Sheila Fraser never has to tell us how impartial she is.

Think about it.