Internal party politics make for bad politics in the BC NDP.
This is quite a game, politics. There are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests.
— William Clay
I’m going to open this post with a quick commentary. I learned long ago that even though I’ve written several hundred posts about the BC Liberals – they never cease to provide adequate material to write about – I would receive immense criticism from NDP members when I turned the light towards their parties actions.
Yes, it’s true that some of the media in this province have been very Liberal friendly over the years, and because of that the NDP seems to have come to some sort of conclusion that this should exempt the opposition from any kind of scrutiny -period.
Write a story about Liberal backroom boys, or election time scandals, get an award. No questioning of sources, no efforts to discredit, it’s simply shared and distributed.
Write a story about NDP backroom boys, or any other scandals, real or perceived, receive a fast forward to a deny,deflect and discredit effort written as it were taken from a Liberal playbook.
I get it.
I watched Sean Holman’s documentary Whipped and after reviewing it here on my site, I saw the reaction from some NDP readers then who started attacking his efforts, even calling his research ‘shallow’.
Why? Because in the documentary he talks to some former NDP and Liberal MLA’s who talked of being shunned not just politically,but socially as well, if they spoke out, or went against the party line. I wasn’t surprised, but more disappointed by the venomous tone of many comments under that post. It’s the same in every party. Maintain the silence or pay the price.
Fast forward to last weeks story on the events no one wanted to talk about at the convention, and voila, the same reaction. Long time NDP readers suddenly calling it ‘bullshit’ and calling for a full reveal of my sources.
(Ironic, since not one person in the BC NDP has ever asked me to reveal a Liberal source, nor would I if they did. Nor will I reveal my NDP sources on this story, despite several emailed attempts from various people trying to weasel it out of me using the oldest tricks in the book…)
Direct messages between a convention delegate and a professional, high ranking, Keating campaign member, show the Keating campaign member not only trying to convince the delegate that Moe is behind Jagrup Brar’s campaign, but also that the source of that information came from caucus members.
This is a transcript of a portion of that conversation:
Keating campaign member: “Aside from the fact I admit it, how can you link me and Craig?”
Delegate: “I believe admission is pretty solid evidence.”
Keating campaign member: “No, but really.”
Delegate: “Coupled with some deductive reasoning, and personal knowledge of your relationship with Craig, I would say that it is a low probability you are lying.”
Keating campaign member: “Well use those deductive reasoning skills to figure out what links Moe’s behavior,the timing of all of Jagrup’s announcements, their shared circle of advisors,and the fact we’re getting this info from over a dozen members of caucus.”
Delegate: “I have at least three of the most ardent anti-Moe organizers in the party telling me that is wrong.”
Keating campaign member: “I’ve heard that from a few people too,but what’s happening speaks for itself.Consider Jagrup doesn’t so much as fart until Moe says he’s not running,then all of a sudden he’s on the phone to every mla. Moe tries to ram through an early vote so he can better control the leadership race and Jagrup and all his (published) supporters are silent. Moe loses control of the party and Jagrup quickly moves for a big launch with all the people who wanted to ram through Moe’s motion on his team. Thank goodness for all those coincidences.
I contacted the Keating campaign member today,and asked if he would care to comment and answer a few questions about these allegations, but no response was received at the time of this posting. I will post his response, should he choose to provide one, since many unanswered questions remain. An email to new NDP president Craig Keating has not been returned as of yet.
As someone who has written for years and documented far more than a hundred reasons the BC Liberals need to go – sadly, that list keeps growing as seniors, families in poverty and children in need continue to take the brunt of failed Liberal policy and action – it’s painful to see so much dysfunction within the BC NDP.
The fear among card carrying NDP members is not only evident in written communications – I’ve contacted more than a couple of dozen members/organizers/volunteers etc who would only speak off the record for fear of reprisals, suspensions or shunning, it is evident in the online communications of members using pseudonyms on social media.
I have witnessed outright bullying behavior and statements like – and I quote- ” Coming from a Brar supporter, it means nothing!” Ironically, that came from a twitter user who stated she worked on the Keating campaign and knew the truth but refused to state her version thereof.
It is no wonder people are turned off politics and don’t show, sign up, or vote.
In addition, this morning I received a nasty email via the contact page on my website, which was traced back to an IP address and location in Burnaby.
At around the same time, it was reported to me that someone has been spamming my original post in emails to NDP members email addresses, unsolicited.
Let me be very clear. I do not email my links out to anyone in a group email format, nor have I ever done so.
The only manner in which I offer blog post communications, is through the subscribe option on my home page. There, readers can enter their own contact information which then automatically generates a subscription to my blog. Even then, new blog posts do not come from me directly, but via the website itself.
I have more to come on the womens caucus meeting, when time allows. Until then I leave you with these thoughts.
The Keating campaign member behind the transcript above is not an uneducated man, he is a skilled communicator. I’m disappointed he wouldn’t take the opportunity to respond, clarify or otherwise comment,in particular since so many questions arise from these communications.
Who is the “we” in his statement: “…the fact we’re getting this info from over a dozen members of caucus.” ? Who are the caucus members he is referring to? Was new president Craig Keating aware of what his closely connected campaign member was up to?
Was this particular campaign member the source of the rumours and whisper campaign? The very one that Brar wished to address with the same womens caucus that refused to hear him?
It was the late Jack Layton who said hope was greater than fear and the BC NDP would do well to remember those legendary words.
Fear begets fear. Truth and transparency begets hope. There will be no hope for the BC NDP until they embrace real change and allow their members to function without fear.