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

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Dansportation and Williams

Now seems like as good a time as any to take a retrospective look, on a go-backwards basis, at the theory and practice of personality cultism.

This clever bar chart shows the number of releases, by primary* department, which have dropped the phrase "Williams Government" or "Williams Administration", since the dawn of time:

Executive Council, of course, includes the Premier's office, but Exec not infrequently takes it upon itself to announce stuff that would, in a sane universe where cabinet and other organs of government actually mattered, be announced by a line minister and his or her department. (Exhibit A.)

We obviously enjoy having Our Good Name associated, as often as possible, with the Big Three: roads, schools, and hospitals. TW, Exec, Health, and Edu between them account for 60% of all the WilliamsGovernmentalness to date. The Department of Highroads alone has dropped Our Good Name over 130 times, for fully one quarter of the total.

* The department that did the announcing, or the department in whose sub-site the press release was published, if more than one department was involved in the happy news.

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At 3:05 PM, August 01, 2010 , Blogger Mark said...

I think you're being disingenuous when it comes to the Health department.

Press releases which announce "investments" in health care come form the "Williams Government".

Press releases which deal with Health boards, breast cancer patients, and the reduction of services in certain communities undoubtedly come from "the province".

At 12:45 AM, August 02, 2010 , Blogger Ed Hollett said...

Good catch, Mark. I think if you cross-referenced you'd find that correlation.

The most obvious thing for me is that WST would be the pork department. If ever there was a department built for poll-goosing activity - which is what this is all about - then public works would be at the head of the line.

it's also why, as we found out during the Rideout crisis, that public works is supervised not by a public servant but by a Dan-o-staffer. How else to ensure total political control over pork spending?


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