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09.13.2012 11:52

There Is No Excuse for the Litany of Excuses Officials Hand Us

Leaders seeking to avoid blame will readily point to a family member or foreigner, but what the public really deserves is transparency
By staff reporter Zhang Fan
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Net users have passed the time by counting Yang Dacai's watches


Putting the right spin on your words is a science. Obviously, civil servants who owe a fiduciary duty to the public have an urgent need to master this subject. And it helps to shift the blame to someone else; a child, a spouse, or a convenient foreigner will do.

Several weeks ago Yang Dacai, head of the Work Safety Department of Shaanxi Province, became notorious across China because he smiled while visiting the scene of a disastrous transport accident.

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