Politics is a war between parties where the casualties are you, I and democracy.
I woke up early this morning as I usually do, and peeked between the blinds to watch the sunrise glow highlight the snowy peaks of Mt. Baker in shadows and pink. As I stood there watching the world around me come to life, I wondered loudly, ‘what the hell is going on in this province?’
It started with the appalling revelations over the Legislative financial mess, continued with Christy Clark’s expenses in the premiers office,a story that broke here on July 30th, and continued with our still, un-elected premiers appearance on 100 Huntley street that was posted here first, yesterday morning, which also was first posted here early Wednesday morning with less than a hundred views.
Where does it end? To be brutally honest, it won’t. None of this shit going on in Victoria and all over the rest of the province, will end until you make it happen.
I applauded Philip Till yesterday morning on NW with his offensive on the premiers rep, Mike Morton… went into convulsive gagging over the selective commentary screened by Bill Good’s producer on his subsequent show- ( where, by the way, I was hung up on when I finally got through to a producer to attempt and correct Bill’s very endorsing and limited presentation of Clark’s expenses. ) In the grand scheme of things, this was probably a good thing, since I have little patience for bullshit, except that which is spread, well composted, on blueberry fields in Delta.
However, I digress.
What really took the cake was hearing the leader of the opposition,complacently agreeing in principle with designated Liberal ass kisser and NW host, Bill Good, over the still unelected premiers spending.
With the disclaimer of neither having read, or even reviewed any stories relating to the premiers expenses,Dix proceeded to comment that ‘to be fair’, we should look at the last 5 years of the former premiers office expenses, and had a lovely little conversation about while of course we should be frugal, and I take the skytrain but yes indeed we must be fair to the premier, she is doing her job.
Needless to say, Good lapped it up like a kitten presented with Devonshire cream on a fine china saucer…and I imagined him grinning to his producer as he thinks about those silly bloggers who look into things he would rather not talk about.
The short segment was appalling. I have a hard time believing that Dix had no idea of this story, when David Schreck and others have been all over this on twitter since I broke it several days ago… nor could I imagine that he had not been briefed prior to his appearance on NW this morning.
What it comes down to are principles, and the oppositions decision to play Rock Paper Scissors with them…appalling, considering the people of BC have been howling about all the revelations that have come out over the last two weeks.
Appalling, considering the response of the Legislative committee to the publics outrage over our elected officials lack of governance on basic financial reporting, appalling that they, as Alex Tsakumis points out,are not backdating the release of information to the period included in the audit, or at the very least, back to November 2011 which is when they had the report.
Appalling, considering you and I are funding all of this, via taxes, via donations to each party, via all the revenue grabs the government imposes on those who can least afford it.
The Liberals attribute it all to the cost of doing business, getting contracts, etc, all in the name of job creation in B.C. How dare we not fly here and there, how dare we take the potential investors to anything but the very best restaurants in B.C.? Of course we must present the most prosperous, successful face to the world…( to be honest, most business at a high corporate level is done this way, but in the private sector we, the taxpayer, don’t fund it – that’s the difference)
Dix is playing Mr. Nice Guy, lets be fair to the premier, blah blah blah….Seriously? Seriously Dix? The Liberals are spending tax dollars faster and with less regard than a gambler in Vegas and you think we should be fair?
Sorry Dix, not in my book. That’s just not how it works for the people of BC, who’ve been screwed, shafted and been given a jolly good rogering by the BC Liberal party for so bloody long that no amount of astroglide is going to make it better.
So…in the game of political war – left vs. right – where does that leave the people of B.C.?
Unfortunately, very much in the line of ‘friendly fire.’
We have on the right, the capitalistic, free enterprise B.C. Liberals. Free enterprise, as defined by the Liberals, means favouring corporate friends and taking everything they can get… but neglecting the very important social needs of the people of BC while doing so.
On the left, we have the the no-Enbridge-but-reserving-all-comment-on-other-pipelines-BCNDP… the party whose environment critic has gone from being cautious on fracking to full steam ahead…. the party with a nice leader who wants to be fair and thoughtful instead of condemning lavish spending…the party with the oh so quiet Moe Sihota in charge… so we know the insiders are all the same… leaving much of B.C in a moral and environmental dilemma that few care to approach for fear of splitting votes and letting the Lib’s win again.
It is, without a doubt, the ultimate, WTF moment for the people of British Columbia who need someone with both passion and knowledge right now, to turn this province around.
Spending in this government is out of control, unwatched and in excess of what any corporation would consider acceptable. Hooters is not a government acceptable expense, you can leer at bouncy breasts on your own dime. Neither are nail salons, beauty supplies, antiques and the countless other expenses detailed in the public credit card accounts I first reported on. There are many transactions that could never, never be justified as a purchase that benefits government. Never.
It is evidence of an atmosphere of entitlement endemic to this government and it requires a full, forensic audit and investigation immediately…. and why the hell isn’t the opposition calling for one? I don’t know why, do you?
The time has come for the people of British Columbia to stand up and demand they not be taken for granted any longer, because it wasn’t a political party who made this province what it is, it was us, and it will always be us.
Politicians of every party across this great province would do well to remember that, because British Columbians are a powerful political force in their own right. And in the great words of Arundhati Roy :
” Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us, more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.. and on a quiet day, I can hear her breathing..”
I think I may have heard a breathe, this morning.