They had their cynical code worked out. The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket.
The doublespeak of the documents hints at the underlying economic reality: Springwater Township is unsustainable as a municipality. Honesty isn’t possible because of the emotional attachments some residents have to their communities.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.
George Orwell 1903 – 1950
The City of Barrie and Springwater agree on a by consent annexation (the 6th since 1955) via provincial legislation likely to be called the Barrie-Springwater Annexation Act, 2013.