Jack Layton wrote:I think people have grown tired of the same two tyrants, Conservative and Liberal, for years and years and the NDP have shaken things up. Overall, I think it's a good thing.
I spent a number of years working in public policy research for groups like The Fraser Institute, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and a couple of others, so I got to meet a lot of the folks who were running this and other countries, along with the academic luminaries they turned to for advice. At one time, when there were five parties in Parliament, I personally knew the legislative assistants of all five leaders because all five had gone through economic education programs I secured the funding for. I was only a couple of years older than they are/were, and more than once we got completely shitfaced as a group. Good times.
Anyway, behind closed doors there is virtually no difference between the policy wonks from the major parties. They understand the system they have to operate in, and they understand what happens when you try to stray too far from it. Nowhere has this been more evident than here in Ontario. In twenty years we've had each of the big three parties all have majority governments -- or, as I like to call them, four-year dictatorships -- and each one has governed in precisely the same manner.
My hope is that one day people will wake up to the reality that there is no significant difference between the three major political parties apart from election rhetoric. In power they are exactly the same.
This 'hope' of mine is completely illusory, btw. Won't happen. Folks desperately latch onto anyone who promises 'change' regardless of how many times they've been fooled before. The pendulum swings, people are fickle and, perhaps worst of all, most are completely ignorant of how an economy actually works. (A few years back a survey revealed that most North Americans believe(d) that when the rate of inflation declines, prices drop.)
Alright, so enough of the RL politics nonsense.
On to the CN politics nonsense!
Shame you're not fighting CA. It currently includes at least three former NoR members, all of whom probably need a punch in the face albeit for different reasons.
Sigrun, who was once a model of stability and common sense, has decided to pick Methrage as a cause celebre
. And each time he goes off the rails, she has to rush in to defend him. She has voluntarily taken on the role of Mom of that kid who is an asshole to all the other kids. It's all very, very funny to me.