Friday, 28 June 2013


The NDP made a fatal error in their pursuit of governing the most vibrant province in Canada; They allowed those from across the Rockies to steer their efforts the wrong way. Namely Brian Topp. 
He came from the Jack Layton group and just tried to apply those campaign ideas without the charisma or history of a Jack Layton.
Dix allowed it all to happen too, as did those behind the NDP scenes, like Moe Sahota. 
Most British Columbians know that political people from Ontario and Quebec have no idea where the Prairies are, never mind anything behind that mountain chain. On their maps it only says, 'Here there be demons.'  They should have literally no input into the business of British Columbians.

Another part of the problem is that too many within the NDP are content with the jackal role of yipping and nipping at the heels of the real players. They are bound by ideology and cannot imagine a role other than being victims. A lot of those old hateful union types are still voicing a message of hate against the rich and powerful and management just for the chance to vent. The world has changed but they refuse to acknowledge it. 

There were thousands of British Columbians aligned with Adrian Dix at the beginning of the campaign. Dix had what they needed, which was at least a promise of integrity and honesty in dealing with the future of BC. And momentum. And he had the best roster ever of strong candidates who were moderate, competent and smart.

But as the campaign heated up, those thousands were becoming disenchanted with the message. Yes, they all agreed with skills training and those messages, but what had turned them in the first place to the NDP was the atmosphere of greed, payoffs and corruption in the Liberal party. All those warnings about Run-of-the-River projects destroying once proud BC Hydro were starting to come true. BC Rail continued to linger and many were hopeful of a satisfying resolution. The billion dollar BC Film industry died under the Liberals watch. The constant scandals were tiresome and hurting everyone in BC except the insiders.

Christy's potential fight with the Northern Gateway pipeline through BC was only rhetoric. She knew all along that Harper will eventually push it through despite the wants of BCers, because it is for the benefit of Canada. (read Alberta) 

And Dix couldn't waver from his personal integrity. He needed the mud put right in his hand and told a direction to sling it! Then it was suddenly too late. Miss Cleavage had won and everybody was shocked. No one wanted to get muddy.

And we are left with the prospect of wondering what would have happened if people like John Horgan, Mike Farnworth, Leonard Krog, David Eby and Spencer Chandra-Herbert had been allowed into the fight. These are smart, bright, with-it and politically savvy people with lots of expertise and something to say about it and would not have allowed the Liberals to set the agenda. You cannot muzzle people with that kind of talent. 

So the NDP is again on the familiar road that leads to NextTime. It might be a ghost town by the time they get there. Those thousands of new people who thought about the NDP had good reason to fear for the province, are still frightened.
What ever steering committee the NDP has needs to be 'Made in BC'. They need to regroup, toss out the perpetual victims who are too comfortable in the role, elect a new leader, and go for it. 

Forget the mud though, start collecting sticks and stones, it's not mud wrestling, it's MMA without the fence.

Just sayin'.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Same old same old.

The protege has learned well from the Master. 
Christy Clark follows the Gordon Campbell tradition of the Liberal Party. Take liberties ASAP because they'll all forget it soon. And you can get on with enhancing your personal position.

Raises for all the political staff in the legislature while talking restraint. Well, they proved it works, didn't they? The voting public pays little attention to the workings of their government. Ministerial assistants, (now called Chiefs of Staff) get $10,000 raises! And the premier's CoS gets a $35,000 increase!

So no matter how much the actions seem to betray the faithful, what do they know? Blindness is not just in the eyes, but the mind! The raises are just the start as they all begin drooling at the next four years and imagine the personal gains many will accomplish. BC is open for business.

I like this idea. All those rioters who were promised prosecution to the fullest extent of the law by Christy Clark, have now found out that the 'fullest extent' is just sort of an inconvenience. The police keep telling us about more charges. We've come to know that charges have little to do with sentencing.
A suspended sentence for everyone. Even those with restrictions are ignoring them. Get ready for the next party in Vancouver, it'll be a bash! Our judges have nothing to do with reality or protecting the public.

But thanks to the ICBC corporation and London Drugs who will sue the rioters civilly to recover some of the money they lost from vandals. There need to be more merchants going to the wall about this. ICBC paid out 5 million in claims for damaged or write-off cars, and London Drugs lost hundreds of thousands of dollars from theft after rioters bashed in their doors. And why should we the policy holders have increases in our premiums because of vandalism. 
It was bad enough to have the Liberal government actually steal money from ICBC coffers for their own mismanagement instead of allowing them to give us a break on our insurance. 
And at least Win Powell of London Drugs is going to go after some of the scum who robbed his store and got away with it in our so-called justice system.

This may mark a turning point in justice in Canada. We'll become more like the States where you can sue for anything, and at least get some satisfaction that you caused something to happen against the perps who make all our lives miserable and cause costs to rise. Good for you ICBC and London Drugs. No thanks to Christy Clark and her band of legal thieves full of rhetoric.

So what can we expect in the near future? Start with the film industry basically disappearing. Continue with the oil pipelines all being approved at whatever risk to the environment. Probably the selling off of more BC assets that those before us built so faithfully and proudly. 
And Christy Clark has the gall to place herself beside WAC Bennett? 

One day there will be nothing left to sell and the true cost to the BC taxpayer may be known. 

Maybe not if you keep being afraid and voting the same old criminals back into office.