Monday, August 23, 2004

Get this man a column!

After hearing the news that Paul Martin paid $48,507.38 to have the last Speech from the Throne focus-grouped (message: Less big words! Ab-o-what-ginals? Snore!), Optimus Crime runs the last six Speeches from the Throne through a program (a.k.a. Microsoft Word) to get their Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease and Grade Level scores. No surprise here: The focus-grouped speech is three grade levels below the others.

But wait, you say. Isn't it good that the speech was more accessible? Well, only if you believe that citizens should be spoken to as if they are Grade 9 students.

Sorry folks, but running a government is a complex business. And communicating a government's agenda to the people isn't the same thing as trying to sell them laundry detergent.


My special lady friend tells me that in Quebec only anglophones drink Neo Citran. Is she pulling my leg?

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