An Octopus’ Garden
Ringo Starr once sang: “We would sign and dance around, because we know we can’t be found…” “…under the sea, in an Octopus’s garden in the shade”.
Darrell “Ringo” Dexter seem to have the same view. He likes to make policy and proclamations without the slightest thought that anyone or anything should stand in his way. Last week it was the revamp of the Nova Scotia Tresure Trove Act. Simply put, this Act was a formal business arrangement between the Government and private individuals/businesses. If you wanted to search out treasure and valuable artifacts you were granted a permit. If you found anything, the “spoils” were shared by the Government and the treasure hunters on a 10:90 percent split. Before you get your knickers in a knot, that really seems like a fair split. The treasure hunters are the ones taking all the risk and therefore should get the majority of the rewards.
Our Ringo and his band have decided differently. Treasure hunters are no longer welcome and the Government is going to undertake any further archealogical explorations. The stated fear by the Ringoettes was the loss of valuable artifacts from unscrupulous treasure hunters. Huh? If you are signed on to a legitimate agreement whereby you get 90% of the value, why would you take the chance of stealing stuff for a measely 10%?
And how is cash strapped N.S. Government going to finance any explorations on their own? Maybe they will use the $3M they granted the SNS Soccer facility ( Just kidding! ). I have no idea. So much for anyone in Nova Scotia ever seeing any of the riches that lie buried under its soil or beneath the waves.
This is just one more instance of a leader and government that really seem to be out of touch. Sort of the way the original Ringo was when he wrote the song about being chummy with an Octopus. Yeah. It was the ’60s.
Until then, I remain,
A Sour Kraut