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I do not often agree with Tom Fletcher but I must agree with his "Hopeless wish list for 2014,"

I do not often agree with Tom Fletcher but I must agree with his “Hopeless wish list for 2014,” which deals mainly with political representation.

He starts off criticizing Christy Clark’s governance model as “worthy of a South American banana republic,” because of the lack of legislative sittings and real debate. He concludes, “Stephen Harper would approve.”

Perhaps that is because two of Ms Clark’s main advisors are Preston Manning and Stockwell Day, both staunch Harperite conservatives.

He continues by expanding on the idea of real debate rather than the scoring of points for a never-ending political campaign.

The solution to that would be a truly representational chamber based on a proportional system rather than our archaic/non-representative first past the post system, in which a minority can rule the majority.

While I agree that in the past election the NDP were much in need of a stronger policy, I’m not sure Tony Blair is the role model. Under his tutelage, the U.K. followed the U.S. financial moves in creating the 2007/08 financial collapse, from which the “too big to fail banks” in the western financial system were bailed out by the government (meaning we, the taxpayers).

Yes, we need media that is interested in more than conflict and 10-second sound bites. Context and perspective are missing in many cases, as with the post office where the CEO, who makes about $500,00 per annum and has 23 forms of vice-president beneath him, has decided, along with the think-tank he chairs, to cut out mail delivery to many people.

Finally he calls upon, “Facts to go with opinions,” labelling the “government’s fantasy figures on job creation” as his top choice.

His last wish is truly hopeless, that the auditor general is to scrutinize government advertising “to make sure it is accurate and non-partisan.”

Of course then it would not be advertising, and one always has to be careful with the facts as they themselves can be manipulated, especially economic facts that are continuously redefined to suit the necessities of government and their corporate partners.

Well written, Mr. Fletcher. While we may vary on specific instances, your hopeless wish list is probably going to remain that way.


Jim Miles