David M. Russell

Weasel words

In Snippets on June 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm

In these tough financial times, governments are looking to save every cent so they are cutting-back on service delivery. Of course, they never like to admit that so they use the spin doctors to produce some weasel words to hide their real intent.

This is especially the case when that service delivery involves some embarrassment for the government. Such as performance measures highlighting how traffic congestion is forcing commuters to take ever longer to get to work.

That would explain how more than 20 performance measures appeared in the Budget papers with this notation: “This measure has been reviewed and it is considered that the measure should either be replaced with a more meaningful measure or discontinued”.

Liars! You just know that if they can’t find a way to produce statistics that make them look better, the whole thing will be scrapped. Why can’t they just be honest enough to admit they are as useful as leeches sucking the blood from hapless victims?

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