A bold new post from Ian Reid on the BC NDP.
I greatly admire Ian for many reasons, and this new post is one of his best. Here is an excerpt:
This weekend the BC NDP Provincial Council meets to begin the review of the disastrous 2013 campaign.
From what I see it is set to fail, much like Dix’s campaign itself.
This was a campaign that Adrian Dix and the BC NDP were supposed to win going away. Instead they lost badly.
Dix didn’t lose because Clark’s Liberals were good (they were) but because his campaign was so bad.
Under his leadership the BC NDP were ill prepared, incompetent in the air and on the ground, deliberately under informed, unable to respond and technologically in the dark ages.
Money wasn’t the problem it has always been. Dix and his team spent more money getting fewer votes than any NDP campaign in history. They spent more than 3 times what the 2009 campaign spent to get a significantly smaller portion of the vote.
The campaign was an enormous waste of money. Think about that the next time you get one of those relentless phone calls or e-mails.
The problem according to MLAs and members of the campaign team was Dix – his foolishly amateur ‘positive’ strategy, his performance, his astonishing micro-management coupled with his inability to work with a team, including his caucus and his candidates.
There are, I’m told, at least two reports on the campaign written by senior insiders, one of which was prepared for a debrief held last week. One report is said to be a damning review of the Leader’s lack of campaign skills. (Will council get to see those reports before it decides how to review the campaign? What do you think?)
Yet Dix refuses to take responsibility, offering no indication that he intends to leave. It appears that he has decided to stick around to stay in charge of the official campaign review.
In other words, the problem has decided to oversee the solution. If that doesn’t undermine the party’s credibility it’s only because it has nowhere further to fall.
With Dix in charge it begs the question: why bother holding a review? It all seems set up to defuse blame and save Dix’s leadership. Why trust it will get at the real problem and convince Dix to go?
Here’s what people close to the campaign have to say about it...”
Now, think about that for a moment… and go read the rest.