Turn tables with attack ads

Posted on October 15, 2014 in Governance Debates

TheStar.com – Opinion/Readers’ Letters – Re: Let scientists share their research knowledge, Opinion Oct. 13
Oct 14 2014.   Russell Pangborn

There has been a lot of ink on Stephen Harper’s war on science and no real results. Maybe it is time for some attack ads similar to the “He’s in over his head” mantra. We just have to find a good enough slogan and keep repeating it for the next 12 months.

How about a blooper in a speech playing in the background and “He is offended by facts” constantly playing over this politician’s head. Then we can cycle the following: “Facts mess up his plans for Canada,” “Who needs facts when you’ve got big oil filling your coffers”; “He was wrong on Iraq, wrong on banking regulation … but who needs the facts”; “Would you want your doctor ignoring the facts or curing your condition?”; “The fewer the facts, the longer his government will last”; and “Don’t support Harper’s war on science.”

I’ve always disliked attack ads and have no talent in designing one, but the science says they do work. As we mess up the world’s climate and suppress any science that informs us of this, it is best to turn to a distinguished scientist for advice.

As Albert Einstein once noted, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure of the former.”

Russell Pangborn, Keswick

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