It was hump day yesterday, and certainly we seemed to have reached the peak of all promises being uttered from the mouths of the Liberal leadership candidates.
It can only go downhill from here.
Kevin Falcon takes the cake with the merit-based performance pay that ruled the conversation on my Facebook page for a couple days. My response?
” I wonder if he agrees that same rationale should be applied to elected politicians, such as himself? Performance based pay for politicians… what a novel idea!”
Of course his glossy and sleek spin doctors at the Pace Group worked all day and came up with a release that attempted – and failed- to fix the damage already done. *note the title ‘ ASSETS’ in the name of that last link. Too bad they can’t get rid of old photos like this one, the ones taken before Kevin fell in love with hair putty.
Here is the thing. If you need to have the backing and assistance of a PR group like Pace to get the right feeling, the right messaging, the right words to the people, than you have bigger issues than you realise Mr.
Campbell Falcon. oops. Sorry about that – the two men are so alike sometimes they seem like the same person.
Christy Clark is waking up babies with her family first call centre campaign, learning how to ski to show us God knows what, and evading the stink wafting along behind her where ever she goes. Yes Christy, that smell is you. Can’t wash it off, can’t scrape it off and certainly you won’t be able to run from it for long.Kind of like the Jerry Seinfeld B.O. episode where the B.O. from his car attaches itself to everything. Christy officially has B.C.Rail, B.O.!!
Not even one of the faces of evening news in BC can help you, although I am guessing there will be a few British Columbians who are uninformed enough to believe Pamela Martin’s endorsement and new position on your campaign. Pamela stated that it is time for a woman to be premier, and that Christy would bring an inclusive culture to government. Ahem… inclusive of what exactly, she didn’t say.
And as far as a woman being premier? Well, we just had the gender talk here on the blog. I would rather see a man with integrity and honesty as premier, than a woman who may be lying about her involvement in BC Rail, a woman who evades any direct questions as to that involvement, and a woman who does have a demonstrated history of being a heartless,uninformed politician in her past. Being a talk show host only allowed her to keep her in the public eye, while putting some distance between her and her politically ruthless past, something most politicians would kill for.Combine d with the performance she gave on the mighty NW yesterday, one wonders how they can ever allow her back without losing what credibility they still possess. By the way, her photo comes from this link ,http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/36thparl/ClarkC.htm, where again, Christy demonstrates her ability to gloss over the fine details like the fact she never actually graduated from any of the universities mentioned in this bio, and her others. To me, attending and graduating are two different things, and quitting is nothing to brag about, especially to families and students sacrificing everything to attend univeristy with todays tuitions. How out of touch is that?
George Abbott is coasting along, kind of flying under the radar if you ask me, which reminds me of a Survivor strategy. Stay low, keep your head down, don’t say much and in the end you win because you haven’t pissed anyone off. He’s calling for a review of the Carbon tax, which is both a good and bad idea. Good because I don’t think that tax was ever about climate change, and changing habits – I believe it was a desperately needed form of revenue for a government that had just committed to projects and payments they financially weren’t prepared for. ( IE. Governments commonly generate revenue streams to pay things like shadow tolls by increasing a hidden tax elsewhere… most often in the form of a gas tax – carbon tax anyone? )
I digress. It’s good he has committed to review it, I agree it needs to be done, but think clearly now that the government has been relying on that revenue stream for some time, and in losing it, they would most certainly have to make it up somewhere else. Time to re-read how the Liberals already created one fake financial crisis right after first being elected. Fake finances seem to be their forte, if you ask me. Fake a financial crisis with BC rail in order to justify selling it, fake how much we owe on these P3 projects and fake that they didn’t know anything about any of it when it comes back to bite them in the ass, hard.
Enough about the Liberals for now, they certainly aren’t the only party in BC, just the only party I think never deserves to be in power again. I received an email from the Green party this morning – yes, they are still around – that contained a release titled the Good the Bad , and the Ugly. It was talking about Abbott, Falcon and Clark but I still haven’t figured out which one is which! Just kidding. Seriously though, the release talked about the good and bad of each candidates platform thus far, in fact, three-quarters of the page was all about the Liberals.
The last paragraph talked about what the Green party thought of the carbon tax, and there was a teeny-weeny bit about their ideologies, but nothing real, nothing hard, no solutions and certainly nothing electable if they are looking to the next election.
So where is the NDP? Nick Simons is running, MLA from Powell River,friends up that way from Savary tell me he plays a mean cello and not to underestimate him – but that he is also friends with Gregor… and I am not touching pretty Gregor the juice man. I haven’t heard if he has made any promises yet, but I am sure something’s coming. It always does.
The funniest candidate thus far has to be Dana Larson. Would I vote for him? Not likely, but I would like to meet Tommy Chong, if only to get a photo for the blog of the man who made several generations laugh, including the eighties. He certainly managed maximizing his recent press attention. Where are the rest of the candidates for the NDP? Hello… hello? Anyone home?
One common theme among all candidates, and all parties to this point is clear. None seems to get, and I mean really get, how deceived the voters are. How angry party members might be. How few promises we all want to hear, when the Liberals have either blown, lied about, or hidden details of, far too many promises along the way, and the NDP have been silently marching along behind them, issuing press releases of discontent that hardly anyone reads. Opposition seems to have lost meaning to some members bearing that title.
While it remains to be seen who will lead this province in 2011, and ultimately, our future, one thing can be certain. While all candidates are out there making promises, crossing fingers and waking babies on the campaign trail, there is an army of fact finders on the net to set the record straight on each of them. No, it’s not from the right-wing/left-wing, fringe whack jobs who make crap up in the blogosphere, it comes from independent writers and bloggers like myself and others, who find the facts,yes FACTS, present the documents and ask the questions needing to be asked. Yes, there is a lot of garbage on the net, that goes without saying, the sewer exists here as well, only in virtual form! However, there is an increasing trend and a well-recognized one that social media like blogs and Facebook are without a doubt, reshaping the way politics and political campaigns are being managed.
Unlike traditional media outlets, and reporters who are paid only to report the news,( not comment or offer an opinion on it), as an independent writer one can find the stories, report them to you… and offer our opinion on it.( however, I always check facts,and confirm details with separate and multiple sources, just like a reporter would)
But another difference is that not having all those things hanging over our heads, allows us to take the story deeper, and go further, than newsrooms budgets and directors often can or will allow. I can sit on a story- or several like I am now – and wait for the right moment to release them. I can, and have tackles stories some outlets wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. And by all of us working together – we all have our niches- we can send information and spread it far and wide in a fast manner to get the stories out. In a leadership race situation like we are in now, with so much going on, that can be a plus the candidates have a hard time dealing with.
There has also been a lot of talk about talk show hosts lately, and I won’t get into the details other than to remind everyone that there is a huge, HUGE difference between what is expected of a talk show host and a reporter. Really, the chasm is wide and deep. A reporter reports the news, hopefully hitting the who/what/when/where/why/how in the process. One would hope this is done without bias from political,religious,or monetary influence.
While I defend no one, it is important to remember that talk show hosts are not paid to sit and report news without bias and fairly, they are paid to be provocative, generate conversation and debate and get ratings that appeal to advertisers. To be sure, one does not even need a degree to be a talk show host, look at Christy Clark. She just likes to talk.
Hell, look at Rush Limbaugh- he was right out there, and his listeners loved to hate him for it. THAT makes money. That being said, it is also up to the host and his /her producer to decide how they want to achieve those goals as set by the station. One can do it by being blatantly biased and lobbing softballs at guests they favour, one can sit on the fence and not take a side at all, or one can present both sides , take a stance, and play devils advocate with the facts and the fiction. I prefer the latter. That is why I really don’t get in an uproar over the latest Bill Good gaffe because everyone knows who his friends are, and aren’t and what his political leaning are. So what? Take that, and everything else you hear and read, with a grain of salt and decide for yourself what is right, and wrong, or true and false.
On that note, I must tell you that the blog will be offline later today, and perhaps part of tomorrow as I make the final changes to design and format. It has taken a bit longer as our house is fighting a couple of different flus and colds, and my littlest one learned the hard way yesterday that maybe he should listen to mommy when she tells him the couch is not a place to be hanging over the back of like a sky diver. He landed on his face,hard, and now looks like a miniature NHL player….
**** Blog Borg collective raps Mike de Jong on the head – check it out http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.com/2011/01/mike-de-jong-wants-to-give-us-something.html
Why is the government scrapping certain details over others???