The loss of jobs recently announced by our duly elected government must be devastating for those unfortunate enough to be affected, especially if the reasons are not entirely convincing.
How much more upsetting is it if job cuts were just part of a political strategy or game.
From my perspective as a non-political scientist, non-economist, this is how it works: around mid-term a sitting government presents a draconian budget — if that occurs at the same time as collective bargaining so much the better.
The message is that your (oxymoronic) “frugal government” is making the difficult choices for the greater good, (regardless of whether they are needed or not). Then the next budgets will be ones of “holding the course,” (regardless of whether the course is being held or not).
Then comes the pre-election budget with goodies spilling from the loosened purse, the message being that your responsible government did the right thing when times were tough, and now, thanks to them, you will be rewarded.
This strategy can be applied regardless of the actual financial situation, although it does rely on voters having short memories.
Will this happen in the case of our very own duly elected?
Only time will tell.
My apologies for noting the obvious to all readers well aware of such political games.