One of the many great scenes in Casablanca occurs when the Police Inspector (played by Claude Rains) – under pressure from the Nazis – shouts that Rick’s Café must close at once, explaining that he was shocked to learn that gambling is taking place there. A moment later, someone appears at his side and hands him his “winnings” for the night. The Inspector pockets the money without missing a beat or betraying a hint of any embarrassment.
Moments of delicious hypocrisy were also on display in our national capital recently, thanks to the incident involving expensive moving costs for some of the staff joining the PMO in Ottawa. Apparently it cost $126,669 to move one of the new staff members, while another managed to struggle by with only $80,382 in moving costs, according to press reports.