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Authenticity doesn’t always come with a higher price

To the Editor,

“Did you ever buy a false painting Toby — you will find the more you’ve paid for it, the less likely you are to doubt it’s authenticity,” said George Smiley in John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

In 2001, when Gordon Campbell swept into power — two seats to the NDP left, there was much celebration — rid of those dastardly socialists at last. Now let capitalism and the free market reign.

What followed was the reign of one of the most incompetent ideological governments B.C. has ever had!

What? You don’t believe me? Okay, I’m a disgruntled old “Socialist” who wants to conquer the world but can’t even get to first base! Read George Abbott’s Big Promises, or at least the review in BC Bookworld.

His Campbell’s insider, 2001-2005, paints a picture of incompetence — beyond huge tax breaks that Abbott states was very popular with many B.C.’ers but came at a horribly high price.

For the rest of Campbell’s time in office in order to balance the books, the Campbell gang started selling off pieces and parts of B.C. Hydro’s accounting department to those dregs from Enron’s Accenture — finally stopped him on the Coquihalla then kicked his scrawny backside out on the HST. (Note here: the HST in itself was not a bad idea, but trust Campbell to skew it toward his rich friends and make the rest of the peasants pay!)

By this time, Campbell was down to nine per cent approval. No thanks to B.C’s corrupt corporate media.

Then I shouldn’t be too hard on anyone — but if you don’t want to read Abbott’s Big Promise, at least read Campbell’s Stoop in BC Bookworld. It’s available in the local library!

Don’t be like the art dealer who bought a Kindergarten schoolgirls’ crayon stratchings and still pretends he has a Picasso!

Dennis Peacock

Clearwater, B.C.