"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sycophant of the month: May 2010

Total number of ProvGov press releases issued in May: 202 (+39 from April).

Total number with the phrase "Williams Government": 28 (+17 from April).

Sycophancy index: 13.9% (+7.2% from April).

The output at ITAR-DAN was up significantly in May compared to April, as were both the raw sycophancy count, and the calculated sycophancy rate. In fact, things are pretty much back to where they were in March, a budget month, traditionally the WilliamsGovernmentiest month of the year.

Of course, it would be wrong to suggest that the uptick in sheer output and in cult of personality happening during a CRA polling period is anything other than coincidence. Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth™.

Great Lawyer Felix Collins got things started on the third, in a release which is curiously credited to a department that isn’t Justice.

Clyde Jackman got on the board the next day, followed in short order by Tom Marshall and Susan Sullivan, in a Ministerial-Statement-qua-Press Release.

A week into the month saw incumbent monthly champ Tom Hedderson finally hammer one in, only to be answered promptly by Sullivan for the short-lived lead, who was promptly answered back by Hedderson for the tie.

And then along came Jerome.

Jerome, Jerome, Jerome, Jerome, Jerome.

Felix Collins knocked in his second on the 13th, followed by yet another from Kennedy, to take a commanding five-point lead over Collins, Hedderson and Sullivan.

Hedderson found his feet again on the 17th, answered by Jerome, answered by Hedderson again.
And then, again, it was all, like, Jerome, Jerome, Jerome, Jerome, Jerome, Jerome.

Hedderson put in one more on the 25th, only to be schooled again by Jerome.

Kevin O’Fairity gets his lone mark for the month on the 27th, and Hedderson closes out the game on the 28th, but by now it’s purely academic.

There could have been an epic battle between the titans of totally-not-tied-to-CRA-polling-period district-by-district funding rollouts, Hedderson with the Provincial Roads file he inherited from Stephen Dinn and Jerome with his Voter-Friendly Grants program. But it was not to be.

This month’s sycophant of the month, in a fifteen-six blowout over defeated April champ Hedderson, having been co-winner in March is Jerome Kennedy, who owns sole possession of the podium for the first time December 2008.


Addendum: Don't tell Liz about the Gloucester Ultimate Mercy Rule.

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At 6:48 AM, June 02, 2010 , Blogger Ed Hollett said...

That uptick would be due to the quotas of happy news which directors have for each month.

The quota is higher four times a year: February, May, August and November.

At 12:44 AM, June 03, 2010 , Blogger WJM said...

But those are CRA polling months. Didn't I already tell you? Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth™.

Nothing. Could Be. Further From. The Truth™.

At 10:13 AM, June 09, 2010 , Blogger Wm. Murphy said...

I didn't think that Comm Directors have a quota for good news releases. I was under the impression that they could release as many good news releases as they want


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